Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott
Of the 356 condos for sale on the island last week, 126 of them (35%) referenced a boat dock in the listing. These condos feature either assigned or leased boat docks, or are adjacent to marinas with boat docks for lease or for sale. Twenty-nine of these listed condos with a dock have an assigned dock that transfers with that unit when it is sold. Most condo associations own and maintain their docks and lease them to owners and renters when available.
The lowest priced condo for sale last week with a leased boat dock is a one-bedroom condo at Angler’s Cove for $185,000. Pier 81 has a $1.6 million, four-bedroom/three bathroom penthouse condo for sale overlooking The Marina at Factory Bay. Boat slips at this marina start at $42,900 for a 39-foot boat. The Esplanade offers three-bedroom condos from $695,000 to $965,000, with boat slips starting at $79,000 for a 38-foot boat.
Most condos on the island with boat docks limit boat lengths to 20 to 30 feet. Shipps Landing is an exception, and allows boats up to 33 feet LOA. Only 18 of the 126 condos with docks listed for sale come with boatlifts, and these are rated for between 8,000 pounds and 15,000 pounds. An example of a condo with leased boat docks is the South Seas Club. Here residents can lease a 30-foot dock overnight, weekly, monthly, seasonally or annually. Lease rates for this type of boat dock are $725 per year, $450 for the season or $75 per week. Many condos in the south end have docks for lease. Docks at condos rent for as little as $200 per year to over $1,200 per year.
Condo owners and renters along the beach, or those with inland condos, can store their boats at places like Walker’s Hideaway Marina, Rose Marina and others on the island or nearby. Certain kinds of power boats up to 43 feet can be stored and launched at these convenient, centrally located marinas. A simple phone call initiates the launch service and your boat is ready when you get there. Services include an engine flush and hull wash after each use to keep your boat salt-free. Fuel, provisioning and professional maintenance services help make boating hassle free.
Larger boats can be docked at The Marina at Factory Bay adjacent to Pier 81, the Esplanade Marina at the Esplanade, the Marco Island Marina Association adjacent to the Marco Island Yacht Club, Rose Marina and at Port of the Islands Marina. Last week the Marco Island MLS listed 26 boat docks for sale from $42,900 for a dock that accommodates up to a 39-foot boat to $399,000 for a dock for a 60-foot yacht.
Many condo owners are members at the Marco Island Yacht Club. This is an active, member owned club, offering power and sail boating camaraderie, day cruises, extended cruises and sunset cruises. In addition to their social and party schedule the club has an excellent restaurant overlooking the marina and Jolley Bridge.