Pros/cons of short-term berthing
My 2600SE has been stored on a trailer since it was new. There are several marinas near me, one on the ocean side just a mile down the road, and others on the bay side that are 1/2 hour to 45 minutes drive away. I don't think I'd ever berth my boat permanently mainly due to cost, but lately I've been pondering renting a berth in the summer for a short term, like 2 or 3 months.
It's easy to think about the pros of doing that, but I'd like to make sure I understand all of the cons. Most of the cons I can think of are additional expenses: the monthly rental fee, and any extra boat and engine maintenance that would be required. There might even be preparation I'd need, like bottom painting the boat, since currently it's not painted.
I really have no feel for how bad these things can get, like how much faster things corrode on the outdrive and engine, and how expensive is it to replace. I've seen other boats hauled out covered in barnacles and algea and it looks like alot of work to clean, but I imagine they were in the water for a long time.
Anyway, since I'm still waiting to launch for the first 2012 boat trip, I thought I'd start this to get some advice based on your experiences to help me make a decision. It's very tempting in alot of ways, but I want to have a realistic idea of the impact.
2006 Maxum 2600SE with Mercruiser 5.0L MPI and BIII Drive