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Boating Basics: What is a Boat Slip?

Last updated 7 years ago

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new boat, then you should start familiarizing yourself with some of the “boating basics.” The basics of boating cover everything from maintenance and refueling to handling techniques and safety. We’ll admit that there is a lot to learn, but all of it will help you become a responsible (and capable) boat owner.

Today, we will focus on one of the most overlooked, but incredibly important aspects of boating: the boat slip.

Boat slips, also referred to as wet slips, are where you will tie-off your boat when it is not in use. Because boat slips are like rented parking spaces, you can come and go from the marina as often as you like and never have to worry about finding a docking space. Simply put, this is the area of the marina used for launching and docking. 

From your boat slip, you can refuel your vessel, make minor repairs, or just sit on the deck on soak up the beautiful Orlando sun. However, depending on how long you plan on leaving your boat tied to the slip (and depending on the lines you are using), you may need chafe gear to protect your lines from becoming damaged.  Remember, your mooring lines should be inspected on a regular basis and replaced as soon as they show signs of wear. To keep your lines from becoming stiff, they should be washed at least once a year using mild soap and water to remove dirt and salt crystals.

For more information about boat slips here in Orlando, contact Boat Tree Marina. With 245 wet slips, 400 dry storage units, and unlimited launching space, Boat Tree Marina is the perfect place to store your boat. We also offer world-class boat maintenance and repair to keep your vessel seaworthy all year round. If you have any questions, then contact us online or call (888) 485-9883.



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