Why Fabric Structures Are The Best Choice For Boatyard And Marina Storage

Marinas and boatyards rely on covered spaces for a variety of reasons. Whether they are located in a region where boats can operate seasonally or year-round, protected areas can be used for storage, repairs, routine maintenance and more.

Regardless of what an operation’s needs are, it’s important for them to have the best facilities possible, so they can provide their customers with a high-quality experience. This not only means keeping their boats well-protected, but being able to offer superior amenities to other nearby marinas and boatyards as well.

Fabric structures enable businesses to solve both challenges, while simultaneously reducing their operating costs over time. These buildings can be customized to meet any marina storage requirement, including indoor, outdoor, wet slip and dry stack storage, and they can even accommodate other services, like shops or event spaces for customers to utilize.

With durable frames that are built to withstand moisture and corrosion, energy-efficient fabric cladding and versatile design and foundation options, businesses can use a fabric structure to dramatically improve marina storage, along with other aspects of their facilities.

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While some marinas and boatyards are positioned on bodies of fresh water, a large number of them sit on coastlines, where the presence of salt water creates a more corrosive environment. Under these conditions, many buildings can start to deteriorate and break down, forcing operations to eventually replace their structure and spend a significant amount of money.

When constructed using a truss arch frame, fabric buildings are designed to help prevent this type of damage from occurring. Truss frames are built from triple-galvanized steel, which makes them resistant to corrosion caused by moisture and salt. For this reason, fabric truss buildings are also frequently employed by towns and municipalities looking to obtain a higher-quality sand and salt storage facility.

The fabric cladding used to cover these buildings offers additional benefits for marina storage. If boats aren’t covered properly, they can be impacted by various weather conditions, ranging from harsh sunlight to wind, rain and even snow in northern climates.

On sunny days, when the UV index is high, any boats, tools or other equipment that are repeatedly left exposed can suffer from damage or degradation over time. Fabric cladding helps operations shield boaters and their vessels from harmful UV rays, while still letting plenty of natural light filter through.

interior of marina storage building

The result is a well-lit, natural-feeling interior that stays cool amidst higher temperatures and humidity levels and keeps the valuable assets inside protected. Additionally, these traits mean fabric buildings don’t require artificial daytime lighting or extensive HVAC systems, so operations are able to save on monthly utility costs. If needed, fabric structures can still be equipped with any accessory needed to improve comfort or house temperature sensitive items.

Fabric truss buildings are also ideal for marina storage, because they give operations the maximum amount of storage space, while still remaining a cost-effective solution. The interiors feature no obtrusive support posts and offer high clearances, which helps increase the number of usable square feet, without raising the price of the structure. Subsequently, businesses can serve a larger customer base and increase profitability throughout the year.


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Marinas and boatyards typically offer a mix between both on and off-water storage, depending on their location and the needs of their customers. As a result, these businesses often have to look for different types of structures to meet various requirements.

Fabric buildings offer a superior solution to traditional marina storage structures, since they can be customized to meet the needs of both wet and dry applications. For coverage around docks, operations can design their fabric building without end walls or sidewalls, ensuring boats can easily enter or exit the structure.

This is especially useful for meeting the needs of frequent boaters, as they have easy access to the water, but still gain valuable coverage from UV rays and other poor weather conditions. To improve dry marina storage, businesses can also completely enclose their structure and keep vessels protected from the elements year-round.

Along with the ability to customize their structure, businesses can select from a number of different foundation options, including ones that allow their building to be portable. The two most notable choices for marina storage are helical anchors and shipping containers.

Helical anchors can be installed in almost any location and require minimal excavation or sitework, making them easy to remove and reinstall in a different spot. When people choose a helical anchoring system for their marina storage, they can move the structure where it’s needed most, whether it’s on a seasonal basis or as the demands of their customers change.

marina storage building on dock

By using a shipping container foundation, operations can incorporate secure storage space directly into their structure, as well as gain additional clearance height. This foundation easily accommodates the contents of any marine business, while still letting their building be relocated if needed.

Fabric structures can also be used in other ways, particularly at marinas, where extra amenities and high-quality customer service are often a selling point. These businesses frequently offer shops, social spaces and host events for their members, and a fabric structure can serve as an ideal retail or event space for boaters to enjoy.

No matter if operations need a structure for marina storage, boat maintenance and repairs or just additional amenities to attract customers, fabric buildings can provide the perfect covered space. These structures are reliable, versatile and economical, giving businesses a cost-effective way to improve their facilities and boost profits over time.

To learn more about how fabric structures can improve marina storage, or for answers to other frequently asked questions, call or Request a Quote today.


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