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Pros & Cons of Storing Your Boat Indoors, Outdoors, or on Water

After a fun boating day in the sun with your loved ones, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you picked the right storage solution to leave your boat. We’re here to help make that decision more clear. 

The first step in deciding whether to store your boat indoors, outdoors, or on the water is determining your budget. The two main factors to take into account are the location and your boat size. 

Then, here are the other items to weigh out when considering the best storage solution for your boat.   

Indoor Storage

Understandably, storing any vehicle inside will offer the highest level of protection from the elements. So, let’s explore the indoor facility pros and cons. Even if money was no object, taking the indoor storage route would still only be the most beneficial option if the location is convenient enough for you.


  • Complete UV and precipitation protection
  • Best security option
  • Climate-controlled 


  • Likely the most expensive option
  • Larger boats may not fit in dry stacked storage

Outdoor Storage

This category can be broken up into two choices: covered and uncovered. But regardless of which option, you should always remember to cover your boat when not in use with a cover that offers adequate ventilation. The factors below refer to reserving outdoor space at a facility rather than at your home. 


  • More cost-effective
  • Avoid potential HOA fees 


  • Need to winterize your boat first 
  • Not climate-controlled  

>> Got an RV too? Check out this article for advice on covered vs. uncovered storage. << 

Wet Storage

When it comes to leaving your boat docked when not in use, you should first consider the location. Are you looking for a very popular place you will visit often, such as Lake Havasu in Arizona? Also, take into account whether it will make more sense if it’s just short-term, such as overnight mooring (information here), versus a long-term solution.


  • Convenient because it’s already in the water ready for you
  • Don’t have to hook up to a trailer every time 


  • Not ideal in climates susceptible to water freezing 
  • Little protection against weather, algae and theft 
  • Dock fees may be pricey 

So when it comes to storing your boat indoors, outdoors, or on water, there is no right answer. It’s just what is right for you after weighing out these pros and cons. 

For more advice on boat storage, check out these 8 tips.

Ready to make a decision on your boat storage solution? Call us at (520) 833-8016, or click here to reserve your spot now! 

This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for recommendations or services provided by a licensed professional. 

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