I have a Jeanneau
SO40 that I bought in October and am now coming upon my first end-of-season and have to decide what to do with the boat
while I return home for the summer/fall. The choice is between hauling out or leaving it in the water
in Fort Pierce Florida
I've been planning on hauling out but had a discussion last night with a few other sailors who disagreed saying that the boat
is better off left in the water
. The logic being that in a strong wind
there is less stress on the rigging
if the boat can sway with the wind
. This made me rethink my decision.
My options are leaving it in the water at the Fort Pierce City Marina, which is really well sheltered and in a slip that I can tie off to pilings on either side keeping it off the dock
, or haul out
at Riverside Marina.
Cost wise it's close enough to a wash that it doesn't matter. I'd have the extra cost of hiring a diver to clean the hull
once a month, and I'd still have to haul out
next year for a bottom paint
and some other maintenance
, but I'm not concerned enough about cost to let that sway my decision.
I'd appreciate any input!