Boat Slip Selection

Finding the perfect boat slip


If you’re an avid boating enthusiast and you’ve tired of the typically exhausting practice of hauling your boat to and from your favorite body of water like intercoastal waterways, waiting in lines at launch ramps and winching it in and out every time you boat, it may be time to consider renting a boat slip.


Marina boat slips vary from one another, but all of them offer many advantages to boaters who spend a lot of time on the water. Some of their many benefits include:

  • Convenience. It is much easier and more time-effective to dock your boat than to put it in and pull it out every time you go boating.
  • Security. Marinas are generally very safe, protected by locked gates. Some marinas also offer 24/7 security via cameras or guards that patrol the marina grounds.
  • It’s ready when you are. When your boat is docked, it’s always waiting for you when you’re ready to go.
  • Onsite amenities. Most marinas have shops containing boating supplies and snacks, restrooms, shower facilities, restaurants and bars. They also tend to be surrounded by pleasant outdoor areas.
  • Community. By having a slip in a marina, you reap the benefits of being a member of a social community.

While the advantages are numerous, boat slips are also notorious for being costly. Here are a few pointers for finding the best deal possible on a boat slip rental:


  • Shop, shop, shop. There is no substitute for good, old fashioned bargain hunting, so invest time in shopping. Go talk to personnel at a variety of marinas in your area to start price comparing.
  • Use the Internet. Websites like allow you to do detailed searches for slips on a wide variety of popular bodies of water in the United States.
  • Advertise. Put up a flyer on community boards at marinas, coffee shops, and anywhere else you have the opportunity; include what you’re seeking and how much you want to pay. You can also advertise in your local newspaper classifieds and on popular buy/sell websites like
  • Talk it up. Tell everyone you know what you’re looking for so they can help you spread the word.


If you think it’s time you start enjoying more time on the water and less hauling a boat to and from the water, we at Atlass Insurance Group wish you good luck in your search for the perfect slip!


2012 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Change

2012 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Change      
Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have established several new restrictions and regulations this year. If you are going to be boating and fishing in Florida in 2012, you should stay informed about the new restrictions and changes. Here are some of the most important ones:

1. Floridians will no longer be allowed to capture tiger sharks or scalloped, smooth, or hammerhead sharks.

2. Until March 15, all bass caught in the Rodman Reservoir must be released.

3. People will not be allowed to release more than nine helium balloons in the air, and people will not be allowed to release any helium balloons with ribbons attached the them.

4. After February 1, 2012, anglers will be allowed to begin catching spotted sea trout in Northern Florida again, and the recreational bag limit for spotted sea trout will increase from 5 to 6.

5. Anglers will be allowed to catch spotted sea trout for six months out of the year (the beginning of June to the end of November). This is an increase from the previous three-month time frame.

6. After February 1, 2012, anglers will be able to catch two red drum fish per boating trip in Northeast and Northwest Florida. Those in Southern Florida will be allowed to catch only one red drum fish per boating trip.

Hopefully the rules and regulations that have come into effect this year will not jeopardize the popularity of boating and fishing in Florida. Some Floridians may have trouble justifying an exorbitant boat transport cost if they won’t be able to catch their favorite fish. Other Northern Floridians will likely be very excited about the increased opportunities to catch spotted sea trout.