I'm 1500 miles away from my boat in Marina del Rey. Just moved it there 6 months ago. I get to the boat on average every 2-3 weeks. I went with a "higher-end" marina which equates to a higher (marginal in my opinion) than market slip fee. What do I get in return? 24 hour security
(docks gated with key access, and 24 hour security
patrol) and 2 full time dock
attendants that are on the docks everyday for cleaning
, trash removal
, etc. I have gotten to know both attendants very well and have tipped them kindly for helping me out with anything. They know my situation and I'm confident I'd recieve a call very quickly if anything unusual were spotted. In addition I did a lot of due diligence on dive service
. In my instance they're at my boat once per month. Again, I have developed a rapport with the owner of the dive service
(we talk after each cleaning
and/or zinc change) and trust that he would also call should anything cause concern. I'm also fortunate enough to have good friends in the area should I be alarmed of anything.
A few other things to consider. I have a full cover for my boat - it was originally made to protect the boat from snow while the boat was in the water
during the winter months. It has now proved invaluable even in sunny SoCal. I clean the boat before departure, take the 20 minutes to put the cover on, and I'm rewarded with a clean boat upon my next arrival (not to mention the protection my teak
receives from the sun). You can also look into remote
monitoring devices (e.g. Boatsense) depending on your budget
. Essentially you install a device that can detect motion, bilge
levels, etc. and report back to you electronically on a monthly subscription basis.