The Boating Life

The Boating Life

Do I get a Trailer or a Slip for my Boat ?

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 13, 2016 9:21:10 PM / by Patrick Donovan

When thinking about getting a boat; there are a lot of questions to ask yourself and things to take into consideration. One of those may be, Do I get a Trailer or a Slip for my Boat ? I want to make that question a little easier for you so I included some good information on what to consider before making a decision. There are pro's and con's to each side. Trailers make it easy for you to try different waters by driving to a different boat ramp and trying something different. They also can be a lot of work to get the boat on and off the trailer if you are inexperienced or have a tricky, shallow running ramp. Slips make it easy to just hop in and go for the most part. Although, some slips could be at a part of the marina that are difficult to get in and out of when the tide is low. It's just the nature of the beast and normally the higher the slip price the better it will be.


The first thing you want to look at before everything else is; can your vehicle handle a trailer? Obviously, if you drive an 86' corolla;  trailering a boat may not even be an option. Go through your vehicles manual and check what the towing capacity may be. Remember, you will not only be pulling your trailer, a boat,full tank of fuel and an engine; you will be pulling all the gear that you load into it before going out. Make sure to give yourself some lee way in that department. Your vehicle will take some abuse regardless but there's no need to overdo it. 

Bunk Trailers- They are about as simple as you can get with a trailer. They are simple to use for the most part and there isn't much to break on it. Essentially, its a semi-padded cradle for your boat. You drive it up it and you drive it down. The concept is simple, but it is never that easy. Currents, shallow ramps and inexperienced people can make this easy trailer a nightmare. Make sure you have someone who knows what they are doing when first using this or you might pull all your hair out. 





Roller Trailers- It's exactly how it sounds. This trailer comes with rollers to make your job of getting the boat on and off easier. They guide the boat up the trailer in a seamless fashion so you barely have to touch the throttle to get it on the trailer. They make things very easy and can really come in handy when the current is moving fast or you are at a tricky ramp. Normally a little more expensive but probably worth it if your just getting into boating and want to remove as many headaches as possible. The only downfall is with more moving parts, comes more things to break. So keep an eye on your rollers because you may have to replace some parts if you tend to bump into things. Luckily, there are a lot of trailer parts stores out there. 




Slips- Having access to a marina can make your summer a lot easier.  No added in effort of having to unload and load your boat from the trailer. Easy access to a hose for wash down after you get back from the dock. It allows you to essentially jump on and off your boat as you please. Which is what you wanted to do in the first place right? There are some obligations that do come with having your boat at a marina though. You must have your boat bottom painted to avoid algae collection on your hull. Also, once your in there, you really are in there. Very rarely to people trailer their boat away after choosing a marina. As long as you know that you want to stay in one body of water, you should be fine. Another thing to look at is the depth of the slip at low tide. Nobody wants to get down to their boat for a fishing trip and realize it's sitting on sand. It can happen. There are plenty of choices in New England but make sure to pick one that can help you with your boat if you need to. For example: I wouldn't want to stay at a marina that mostly repairs sailboats if I had an outboard. It helps if your marina is an authorized dealer or has a factory authorized mechanic for your engine. 




Hopefully this helps you when you ask yourself " Do I get a trailer or a slip for my boat ?"  There are pro's and cons of each decision. It really depends on where you would like to boat or fish and what marina's are in your price range. Please click here if you would like to contact a boat buying consultant for help on this. Feel free to leave any comments or reach out through email. Thanks


Patrick Donovan

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