A Port for Your Monterey

Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 12:00AM

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You're planning to buy a new Monterey Boats Cruiser. You've done your homework and have learned how the superior craftsmanship and innovative design make Monterey Boats a great choice. You have even picked out all the options you want added to the Monterey model you have decided to buy.

But how much planning have you done for where you'll dock your boat? If you're fortunate to have your own dock and boathouse, you already know where it's going. But if you are going to need to dock it at a marina, you've got some more studying to do. (Isn't homework more fun when it involves buying a Monterey?)

To help you pick a place to dock your new boat, here's a handy checklist from Boater Life. Remember, you're not just finding a place to dock, but also a place you'll be calling your home port.

Dockside services:

Electric and water (with adequate power/amps for your size boat)

Cable and internet hook-up

Free Wi-Fi access

Mobile pump-out service

Yard and maintenance services:

Spring commissioning, dry storage and winterizing

Haul-out and drop-in services (with capabilities for hauling large boats)

Reputable well-trained technicians for engine and mechanical repairs

Pressure washing (available throughout the season)

Gelcoat or fiberglass repairs

Painting, varnish or bright work

Wash, wax and detailing

Bottom painting

Facilities at marina:

Clean and air conditioned bath houses

Blocked and cubed ice (with slip delivery a plus)

Dinghy racks and floating launch areas

Club house or lounge areas

On-site laundry

Ship's store stocked with essential parts and supplies

Fuel dock with gasoline, diesel and pump-out (with fuel discounts to slip holders

Marine location:

Convenient distance or accessible via drive from home

Situated near coves or anchorages for afternoon cruises

Access to waterways or inlets for longer cruises

Adequate water depth at dock and approaching marina

Convenient dining:

Restaurant and bar (with entertainment)

Outside dining with views

BBQ grills and picnic tables

Other restaurants nearby

Variety of recreational options:

Large size swimming pool and lounge area (with baby pool)

Access to free or rental bicycles

Outdoor recreation (tennis, playground, basketball, volleyball, horse shoes and more)

Marina events and activities (like slipholder appreciation or family fun days)

Sufficient marina staff:


Dock hands


Cleaning crews

Talking to friends and other boaters about marinas also will help in your evaluation. Don't just count on a marina's website to tell you everything, visit it and find out for yourself.

If you need more help in picking out the right Monterey for you, you can see all of our models at our website.

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