Trailering a boat has a lot of benefits. Here are the top six advantages of trailering a boat.
EXPLORE MORE PLACES
Trailering a boat allows you to explore more places. By keeping a boat on a trailer, and depending on its size, it can be super easy to visit various destinations. I find it enjoyable and convenient to be able to trailer my Hewes Redfisher to The Keys, Jupiter, Jacksonville or beautiful freshwater lakes and springs in the center of the state.
SAVES STORAGE FEE COSTS
Another huge benefit is not having to spend $400/mo +/- just to keep my boat stored. I use my boat often, however, most people don’t. It’s not fun to spend a lot of money monthly for something you sometimes don’t use (i.e. weather, winter, personal reasons, etc.).
EASIER TO MAINTAIN
In my opinion, having a boat on a trailer makes it much easier to keep it maintained. Everything from simple washing and waxing to repairs and maintenance are much easier when the boat is on a trailer. Furthermore, a lot of boat dealers and service centers aren’t located on the water. In this case, being able to trailer the boat is essential.
LESS WEAR AND TEAR
Another big advantage is being able to keep up the condition of a boat. Boats that sit outside all day on a boat lift or float in the water at a marina get hammered by the conditions. Hulls grow barnacles and need to be scrubbed, hull-bottoms require bottom paint, boats are exposed to direct sunlight or reflective uv rays, birds leave droppings everywhere, etc. Conversely, many boats that are on trailers can be covered and protected in a side yard or better yet, completely sheltered in a garage.
Depending on where you keep your trailered boat can significantly improve its security. Being able to park your trailered boat in a garage, side yard or behind a locked gate, out of sight and covered, can be reassuring. On the other hand, keeping a trailered boat out in the open can also invite theft. That being said, so can leaving a boat on a boat lift.
FUEL COST SAVINGS
Boats run best on fuel that doesn’t have ethanol added (i.e. “Rec” fuel). Every on-the-water fuel pump offers this but it comes with a higher cost. Although your typical land-based gas station includes ethanol in the fuel, many also offer a “Rec” fuel option. Consequently, being able to trailer your boat to a land-based gas station can result in significant fuel cost savings.
Consider Boat U.S. for your boating needs. They are a great organization that provides numerous resources to improve your life on the water AND trailering your boat. Click HERE for more information.