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Old 06-26-2015, 09:26 AM
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Buying this 21 cruiser boat as many of you may know. I've been looking for slips(expensive) as it's just much more convienant the have to hook it /un hook every time. But from I hear it's better for the engine if you trail instead of leave it sitting in a slip. Much rather slip.
Old 06-26-2015, 09:33 AM
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About one time a week I think about taking my boat off the trailer and putting it in a slip. Every time I get to thinking about it I back out. If you have the deep pockets to pay for a slip and the increased maintenance, then go a head and do it. If I was you I would just keep trailering it.
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Keep trailers get it?? I've never owned a boat this will be my first.
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Do you have a tow vehicle rated to tow 5000-6000 lbs?
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I have only owned my own boats for the past 4 years (I'm in my 20's...) but after trailering the first summer I moved to a wet slip and haven't looked back.

It comes down to your personal situation, if you have a tow vehicle, have space to store it at home and have easy ramp access, maybe it makes sense for you. For me to be able to just get on my boat and use it whenever I want is great for me, sometimes we'll just take it for a quick harbor cruise for 20 minutes if that's all the time I have. That said, you have to deal with bottom paint, make sure bilge pumps/switches are in good working order, check on it before/after storms, pay the insane fees in the Northeast etc. but to me it's still worth keeping it in the slip.
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Agreed this is nothing better than just waking up and driving down to your boat on a nice sunny Saturday, pulling a few buttons, taking off the cover, loading it with all your beers and broads. then driving away. Having a trailer can be obnoxious and time consuming you start waking up thinking nah i don't wanna take the boat out today cause then i need to waste time prepping it tailoring and dropping it using it and putting it all back. If you get a flush kit then you can keep the salt water out of pretty much the whole engine, accept for the out drive the lower exhaust pipes.
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Trailering is not that big of a deal.

I can be underway on the water within 10 minutes of arriving at the ramp.
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I've done it both ways and settled on a slip. I find we use the boat a whole lot more when it is in a slip than when we have to trailer. Even if it is just going down for as glass of OJ and reading the morning paper.

Maintenance isn't too much different. I had a boat with a raw water cooled I/O in the saltwater for ten years. I changed out the risers every few years, but other than that the engine is still going strong for the new owner today (1991 with the original Volvo/GM engine outdrive.
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The water jackets within the engine can withstand plenty of salt water corrosion, as for the manifolds and risers, u change them maybe every 3-4 years not expensive and extremely easy to do, bolt off bolt on
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I have always kept my boat on a trailer and didnt really mind the launch and retrieve etc...this year I switched to a wet slip because my fishing partner got a new job and I wasnt sure how much he would be around to help. I have already used my boat more this year that I did the entire last season, I go after work for a few hours, the wife and kids and I will run up and down the river in the evenings. It is just so convenient that I dont think I will got back to the trailer routine again.
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In most cases you use the boat a hell of a lot more if its on the slip. I can even go out after work for an hour or two if I wish. You spend more dollars, but you get more value out of your boat.
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I/O---- keep it on a lift or trailer it especially that sport boat. Does that have a self bailing cockpit? I didn't think it did. Batteries die, boat goes down. If it does have a self bailing cockpit, then perhaps. Do you have 115shore power with a trickle charger?
If you do (and you can) keep her in the salt water, just keep the drive clean and watch your zincs closely ( not just annually). Anti fouling for the aluminum leg is not very effective.

I kept a number of boats with I/O's in the water, it can be done. You just need to stay on top of things, but I don't think a first time boater will have an appreciation for what's coming your way as far as maintenance, beyond annual bottom paint.
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Originally Posted by pfithian View Post
Trailering is not that big of a deal.

I can be underway on the water within 10 minutes of arriving at the ramp.

Then add in the time to get to the ramp and the hassel of waiting at the ramp etc.

Never again will I trailer once this boat sells. High and dry for now on.
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I have had my boat on a lift and now have my boat on a trailer in my warehouse at work. I just started trying the trailer route. So far I can say all my fishing equipment is on the boat ready to go, I don't have to cover the boat because of the sun, and I can tinker on it at work. With that said I have another friend at the high and dry and he never cleans it or puts anything away, he has them ice up the coolers with beer, and hands them the keys and some money to clean and flush the motors when he's done. He may have it the best but he pays for it.
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Originally Posted by houlester View Post
I have had my boat on a lift and now have my boat on a trailer in my warehouse at work. I just started trying the trailer route. So far I can say all my fishing equipment is on the boat ready to go, I don't have to cover the boat because of the sun, and I can tinker on it at work. With that said I have another friend at the high and dry and he never cleans it or puts anything away, he has them ice up the coolers with beer, and hands them the keys and some money to clean and flush the motors when he's done. He may have it the best but he pays for it.
Mine is in covered storage currently and it is not cheap at all lol.

If you are going to pay for it is best to keep it right there and ready to go at the the touch of a phone call away.

I HATE pulling my boat around town.
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I dry stack.........it has increased my boat use exponentially. Pulling up to the dock, unloading your stuff and walking away is fantastic, especially with kids.
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Originally Posted by smiles.109 View Post
I/O---- keep it on a lift or trailer it especially that sport boat. Does that have a self bailing cockpit? I didn't think it did. Batteries die, boat goes down. If it does have a self bailing cockpit, then perhaps. Do you have 115shore power with a trickle charger?
If you do (and you can) keep her in the salt water, just keep the drive clean and watch your zincs closely ( not just annually). Anti fouling for the aluminum leg is not very effective.

I kept a number of boats with I/O's in the water, it can be done. You just need to stay on top of things, but I don't think a first time boater will have an appreciation for what's coming your way as far as maintenance, beyond annual bottom paint.
I think I'm gonna keep it In a slip...more money but we will def be more likely to go out a few days during the week for and hour or two. I hear all about the money it takes to maintain a boat and engine and Im ready for it and I'm sure there's a chance I may change my mind about boat ownership after all the $$$ I dump into it. But if you can't tell by all my posts I'm a research fanatic and will do whatever I can to do preventative tasks. Thanks
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I dry stack.........it has increased my boat use exponentially. Pulling up to the dock, unloading your stuff and walking away is fantastic, especially with kids.
What's dry stack ?
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Originally Posted by Mstrlucky74 View Post
What's dry stack ?
Marinas that store your boat on a rack out of the water. You call them in advance and they'll have your boat in the water ready to go, come back in, dock it and they'll re-rack it for you.

I don't think they have them up here but I could be mistaken, seem to be popular in FL.
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Originally Posted by Nate5.0 View Post
Then add in the time to get to the ramp and the hassel of waiting at the ramp etc.
Unless you have the boat on the water behind your house, you still have to drive to the marina. The ramps I use almost never have a wait or lack of adequate parking.

And I never have to clean the bottom of the boat. Friends I know who wet slip or dry stack spend a lot more time cleaning their boats than I do, and our boat is always clean.

Further, I am not limited to launching in waters near where we live. Just last weekend we trailered 250 miles to upper Michigan and enjoyed 5 days on Traverse Bay and Beaver Island.

Having the boat on a trailer next to the house allows me to embrace my philosophy of owning a boat: Never have it cost you money if you are not actually using it.

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