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Old 26-08-2013, 08:06   #1
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Marina Fee question

I did a bit of research and could not come up with any info.

How does the marina Fees compared to a Monohull? Do they typically charge you a surcharge since they multihulls are wider or is it simply based on the length?
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Old 26-08-2013, 08:20   #2
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Re: Marina Fee question

Depends on the marina but most charge a premium. If slips are wide and you fit they may just charge you by the slip. If you on fit on a T dock or face dock, they may charge you a premium for that space.
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Old 26-08-2013, 08:33   #3
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Re: Marina Fee question

In my experience they take the monohull price times 1.3 or 1.5, or they simply charge by the square meter. Any way you cut it, it costs more...

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Old 26-08-2013, 08:47   #4
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I've found in Mexico I am only charged per foot of length, and I am 24' wide.
No extra charges for extra width like I was afraid of.
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Old 26-08-2013, 09:05   #5
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Re: Marina Fee question

I've only been docked at side ties or end ties, which command a premium price. Some marinas in South San Diego Bay have double-wide slips available, but I don't know what they are charging.
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Shelter Bay Marina charges an extra 50%. Every other marina charged us the same as a mono in spite of a 24' beam - W Palm Beach, Luperon, Curaçao, Papeete, Brisbane.
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Shelter Bay Marina charges an extra 50%. Every other marina charged us the same as a mono in spite of a 24' beam - W Palm Beach, Luperon, Curaçao, Papeete, Brisbane.
I kept my boat there a few years back......unfortunately Shelter Bay Marina has a captive market..... "if you dont like our prices, Go somewhere else! "
....but there is nowhere else in that region, especially if you want to haul a wide beam catamaran.
A neat place tho in the jungle....

I have found that fees ( 1x or 1.5x etc ) for Catamarans vary widely and are not generally specific to a region.

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Old 26-08-2013, 15:38   #8
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Re: Marina Fee question

To the OP:

It depends what the alternatives are. We met a guy whose catamaran has 63 or 65 foot hulls (cant remember exactly). An extremely well subscribed marina in the Sydney, Australia, area quoted him $1,200 per week. He made other arrangements.

Presently, there are shortages of multihull berths in marinas, because most marinas have been built with monohulls in mind, so the only places available for multis are on the longest ties next to fairways. These are often rented out according to the length of the hull.

The expansion done by the Mooloolaba Yacht Club was built primarily around having berths that could be used by catamarans. They have been having financial problems, and I do not know what the situation is there now relative to services provided.

I expect the chaps with cats who've quoted 1.3 to 1.5 times the mono cost probably know how it is, at least for their areas.
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Old 26-08-2013, 16:03   #9
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Re: Marina Fee question

My end slip for my cat in Mystic, CT is cheaper than my Catalina 38 mono slip fee was.

My beam is 20 feet wide.

Every marina is different.

Alway call around before you buy a cat to get an idea of what marina's charge in your prefered area.
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Re: Marina Fee question

Rates can be cheaper than a monohull, since the draft is less; they can put you against bulkheads monohulls can't use. I'm currently in a power boat marina that is shallow and the slips are wide for the length (typical of power boats). A number of other cats have joined me.

I have NEVER paid a premium, even when cruising and taking transient slips (Chesapeake and Atlantic coast). I would leave anyplace it was suggested.
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Rates can be cheaper than a monohull, since the draft is less; they can put you against bulkheads monohulls can't use. I'm currently in a power boat marina that is shallow and the slips are wide for the length (typical of power boats). A number of other cats have joined me.

I have NEVER paid a premium, even when cruising and taking transient slips (Chesapeake and Atlantic coast). I would leave anyplace it was suggested.

Might I ask which Marina are you in, what is your rate and can they handle a Cat my size?

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Re: Marina Fee question

Here in the PNW I have never been charged extra. They will generally put me on an end dock or if they have the space put me in a double slip but only charge for one
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It is almost a myth. The only place we ever paid extra, they actually gave us 2 slips, charged 50% more and apologised.
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Re: Marina Fee question

It varies thru places.

Where we are now, you will pay LOA x Beam x rate. The rate is same for all.

We have been to marinas where cats were charged twice the mono rate.

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Re: Marina Fee question

10 years aboard a 23' wide cat, 2 years aboard a 26' wide tri, along the US east coast,the gulf of Mexico, and the Bahamas, I've never been charged more than a mono. I wouldn't patronize any place that tried it.
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