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Old 04-07-2017, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Pros, cons, and recommendations?

I bought a 18ft bowrider with an outboard, that is almost water ready, but the trailer is junk.

I've been contemplating a wet slip for the season so I can get plenty of use out of it, and decide what I want to do for a trailer.

What are the pros and cons of a wet slip?

What are your recommendations for one? Would prefer one with fuel but not a deal killer. Looking for best between price and quality

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Old 04-07-2017, 08:59 AM   #2
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Gotta have bottom paint
Gotta deal with a boat staying in a harsh environment 24/7
Gotta pay to have it put on the hill for storms and maintenance

I can't think of one positive reason to keep a 18' boat in a slip
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Old 04-07-2017, 09:45 AM   #3
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Trailer, no brainier!
Easy access for maintenance
Mobility, more places to explore
And the big one, if the boat is on the trailer in the yard, it will remind you what a money pit boating is for sure! lmao

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Old 04-07-2017, 09:53 AM   #4
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4 months in a wet slip will probably pay for a trailer !
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:15 PM   #5
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if the trailer is moveable , take to English's and get an estimate for repair.
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:35 PM   #6
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You may want to consider dry storage verses a wet slip for 18' vessel.
Sitting in salt water isn't a good thing, for a small boat or any boat, lots of added money.
Bottom job and monthly bottom cleaning, $2500 easy.
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:11 PM   #7
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I keep my boat in dry storage at macs marina. I don't plan on trailering anytime soon. The convenience is awesome. I've used t more in the last 2 months than I probably did last year total.

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Unless I lived on the water, an 18 ft'r needs would be on a trailer. Unless you have some kind of disability where keeping it wet/dry slipped helps out, it's gonna cost quite a bit each month. I think the going rate was 10-12 a foot. Seeing's how you say the boat ain't quite ready means you have a work in progress so I would believe $$$ is a determining factor and should be considered. Now ifin you have deep pockets, go fer dry storage!
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I'd buy a trailer and not consider a wet slip. We are lucky to have lifts for our boats but can't imagine the worry of having an 18ft bowrider in a wet slip. Just one a-hole with a big wake can push your boat around or under. And the marine growth is amazing during the summer. Unless you bottom paint (1/2 the trailer cost) you will not like the results.

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Another note is when it comes to resale many folks would not want a boat your size with bottom paint. I would look at a dry stack for sure if you don't want to buy a trailer. It can be more convenient to certain people.
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