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Old    Winston Evans (evansw6)      Join Date: Feb 2007       05-17-2010, 10:11 AM Reply   
In the process of looking for moorage space for rent, I've seen a few options where dock owners are willing to give use of their dock in exchange for use of my boat. Has anyone had experience with this? Aside from meeting with the person and feeling them out to understand their experience with boats and if they seem trustworthy or not, did you get anything in writing? What did that cover (e.g. usage schedule, clean up, gas refills, if something breaks down?)

One of the options I am considering is minutes from my house and the dock is owned by a former boat owner who seems to be responsible and knowledgeable about boats. I'm still hesitant, but I could see this working in certain situations and avoiding a $250/month boat dock rental charge would be nice! What do you think?
Old    Paul (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       05-17-2010, 10:16 AM Reply   
Not a chance. I don't even let friends use my boat, let alone strangers. Couldn't you just dry store it close to the lake?
Old    Swatguy (xstarrider)      Join Date: Jun 2007       05-17-2010, 10:22 AM Reply   
Never! Esp a complete stranger.

Last edited by xstarrider; 05-17-2010 at 10:24 AM.
Old    George David (gdavid)      Join Date: Feb 2010       05-17-2010, 10:24 AM Reply   
Quite frankly no. No one will ever take care of your boat as well as you will and likelyhood of hurt feelings if something does happen to the boat is pretty high. Things break on boats all of the time on boats through no fault of the operator but you will be very uncertain of what really caused it unless you were there. I would also worry about insurance coverage and liability in the case that someone was hurt on your boat when you weren't there.
Old    Winston Evans (evansw6)      Join Date: Feb 2007       05-17-2010, 10:25 AM Reply   
I can and do currently dry store the boat at my house which is about 5 mins from the public ramp. However, on weekends and even weekdays this ramp is filled with the worst of the worst of boat owners and it often takes 1 1/2 hours plus to drop my boat in and the parking lot is full more often than not. I would also like to have a dock spot to get more use out of my boat. I would have no excuse not to go after work more often if all I had to do was take the cover off and push away from the dock.

I'm definitely cautious about doing this, but I just wanted to see what peoples experiences are before even talking to the dock owner.
Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       05-17-2010, 10:47 AM Reply   
Who knows - maybe the guy is anal, knows boats, understands the costs and maintenence and cleaning required and would simply use it for an evening cruise with his wife.

For $3k a year - it's definitely worth looking into. For a guy that doesn't have a boat at all right now - it's not as though he's going to have 10 guys out wakeboarding behind your boat. He'll most likely take it out for a cruise or a cocktail and put it back right. It's worth meeting him and feeling out what he has in mind.

Paying for the slip is the BEST money I spend every year. All it takes is 2 trips to a busy launch to remind me.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       05-17-2010, 10:57 AM Reply   
Depends on the boat & the guy. Take a look at his garage & any vehicles he has.

Keeping the boat on the lake is the best. It takes all the work out of it. We are way more likely to take the boat out for just an hour or so if we keep the boat on the lake rather than launching it everytime.
Old    Miguel (migs)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-17-2010, 11:18 AM Reply   
no way - never
Old    Adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       05-17-2010, 12:23 PM Reply   
took it one step further. I rented my boat out last year to a complete stranger. Worked out great. It was returned in better condition than I gave it to him. Long story short I set up a LLP for any potential liability issues. I ran a background check and credit check on the guy.
Old    Joe Sellhausen (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       05-17-2010, 12:44 PM Reply   
You say you it would be easy to get out after work. But if you use it after work, and the weekends, when does he get to use it? I guess what I'm saying is, it would depend on the usage schedule. And what he intends to use it for.
Old    Matthew Short (britshorty)      Join Date: Jun 2009       05-17-2010, 2:36 PM Reply   
If your talking about Lake Washington then odds are that person has to be pretty well off and not some random immature person. Its of course a risk and you should definitly scrutinize the person as best as you can. If its a family and they are going to let their kids use the boat that would be a different situation. The people I know who live on the lake are good boaters and very respectful though. My worst experience on the lake are with people who dock or launch their boat. They just seem to have less respect for others on the lake in general.
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-17-2010, 2:44 PM Reply   
I don't even let other people tie my boat up. If something goes wrong, I want it to be my fault, without a doubt, no one else to blame.

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