The complete Houseboat Marina Guide. The services, facilities, and amenities.
The houseboat marina guide will help you to see how marinas come in all shapes, sizes, and prices depending on the docks, services, facilities, and amenities offered. Picking the right one is an important decision since you could be there for quite some time. Use the link below to find a marina.
When it comes to selecting a marina, you have to take a moment and really try to understand your boating needs? These are some of the basic questions that houseboaters have to ask themselves before searching for that perfect marina!
* Are you family oriented and enjoy going swimming and have BBQ's in a secluded bay nearby?
* Do you like to navigate long distances and explore all the waterways that the country offers?
* Do you prefer to stay around the marina and use your houseboat as a floating weekend cottage?
* Would you prefer to have quick access to your boat for some frequent suppers or sunsets?
* Do you not mind traveling a few hours to get to your secluded hideaway marina location?
* Do you want to use your boat as a short term (30 day) home / office to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city?
* As you can see these questions really help you understand your needs.
The dock slip fees are generally based on the length of your boat, multiplied by a fixed fee for full service dockage (ex: water, electricity), or a reduced fixed fee for limited or minimal dock services (ex: no water, no electricity)
Dock fees can range from @ $1,000-10,000 a year depending on the marina location, available marina services, and the overall vessel length. Some marinas will include other services in their "dock fees" like haul-outs, winter storage, or regular maintenance items.
When it comes to slip sizes, there are marinas that cater to smaller houseboats such as 25-40 feet, and some cater to mid-sized houseboats such as 40-75 feet, and there are some well-equiped marinas that can handle all sizes, especially the large luxury houseboats ranging from 75-110 feet.
Small houseboats like 25-40 feet generally have a beam width of 8-12 feet, and mid-sized 40-75 foot houseboats generally have a beam width of 12-16 feet, and the large luxury 75-110 foot houseboats have a beam width ranging from 16-20 feet wide.
Many larger well-equipped marinas offer additional services like laundry, groceries, ship-store, pump-outs, propane, boat washing, transient docks, family games and activities.
Many of the marinas are full service facilities when it comes to houseboat maintenance items like engine, drive, electrical, bimini canvas, electrical, mechanical, waxing/compound, and structural repairs.
Depending on where you do your houseboating, you may be required to "winterize your boat", or physically haul it out for winter strorage. Many marinas that offer winter storage often offer shrink-wrap options to cover and protect your boat from the winter elements.
Many marinas are full-service when it comes to boat maintenance and emergency repairs. They generally have a service repair shop, or they have access to many mobile marine mechanics that provide on-call repair work.
One of the basic needs as a boater has to be the need for fuel and septic pump-outs. If your marina doesn't have these facilities, you will likely have to travel to another location to get fuel and empty your waste tanks.
Many states and countries have various rules and regulations regarding living aboard. There are many marinas that welcome short term liveaboards, so if you want to spend like 30 days at at time on your boat, than a marina is a beautiful and pleasant place to spend your days... :)
With todays technological advances, there are many folks that need and require access to the internet and cellular phone signals in order to work or stay connected with family.
Generally speaking, many marinas are supplying cabled internet, or wireless internet (wifi) access for free or a small monthly fee. As to the cellular reception at a specific marina, possibly your telephone carrier can help you there.