A great question I sometimes get is, “If we are going to be sharing do we have to keep the boat stored at a marina?”
Quite simply no, I know a number of individuals who share a boat that keep the boat at their home. A great example of this is when you are sharing the boat with your neighbor. In fact, there are some advantages to keeping the boat at home with one of the primary advantages being able to inspect the boat prior to it going out and upon its return. In doing so, it leaves little question as to who was responsible for that scratch.
However, along with the advantages there are of course the disadvantages; such as being awakened at 4am by your boating partner who was looking forward to getting out to his favorite fishing hole prior to anyone else.
In reality, a neutral location, while adding some cost makes the boat more of a shared asset which instills a sense of ownership and pride. While keeping the boat at the marina maybe an expense you are not ready to consider…there are usually a number of reasonably priced alternatives near the body of water that you frequent. These could be an enclosed storage facility, an outside covered storage facility or an open air boat club.
Where ever you ultimately choose to store your boat you should consider some of the following criteria.