TO DOCK OR NOT TO DOCK

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Midamerica Referral Network

A BOAT DILEMA

Boats can be a problem.  What's that old axiom?  'A boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into?'  I don't think I have that exactly right, but the fact remains that you buy a boat to put it in the water and go boating.  

The problem arises when you are through boating for that particular day, where do you put it?  As a Shell Knob real estate agent, one of the first questions I get from clients is "Where is the boat dock?"

Getting a boat on and off a trailer continually can be a real bore (chore?) unless you are a pro, competing in a tournament and just won $10,000 or more for all those lunker bass you  caught. 

Here on Table Rock Lake, boatdocks are highly desired by residents, but not every homeowner gets to have one.  Table Rock is a Corps of Engineers lake and thereby rules for docks are set by the Corps.  Trying to prevent overbuilding of docks, and the problems that creates, docks have been limited to specified areas.

There aren't many private 2 stall docks left on the lake, and the ones there are, bring a high price.  Recently that has been anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000.  Community docks are now the norm, with boat slips in them running  between $10,000 to $20,000, depending upon length and if they have a boatlift installed in them.

 

 Boat on Tram

  

There are a few Trams around the lake, but the Corps has been stricter about governing the installation of them in recent times.  A tram allows the resident to lower their boat from their property, on rails into the water. 

Normally mechanized with a motor doing the lowering, they can be cost effective with little maintenance and no dues, etc.to pay, as community dock associations must.  Initial investment runs about the same as for a boat slip, $10,000.

 



What was that saying about boats and money?

 

What has your boating or dock experience  been ?

 

 

For additional real estate or area information, Call Joan Toll Free at: 888-823-4125 

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Location:
Missouri Barry County Shell Knob
Groups:
Fishing for Professionals! (Not Professional Fisherman!)
Tags:
table rock lake
shell knob real estate
boat docks
trams

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainer
43,252
Christina Lackey
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties - North Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Central New York Real Estate
This is interesting to me because we are a boating family, but dock space here in CNY is cheap and easy.  Of course, we do have the 6 months of snow to contend with...
Apr 16, 2007 05:21 AM #1
Rainmaker
226,979
Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Christina:

It's the old supply and demand stuff.  The Corps of Engineers is purposely controlling and rationing new dock construction to keep the lake less commercial and clean.  So the price goes up when the supply is down. 

Apr 16, 2007 08:43 AM #2
Rainer
22,796
Cory & Tracy Frantzick
RE/MAX Associates Plus - North Branch, MN
That is amazing!  Now, with it being a Corps controlled lake, the lake homes, do they actually own "Lakeshore" or is owned by the corps?  As a resivoir I was wondering if that is different than a regular lake.
Jun 04, 2007 07:25 AM #3
Rainmaker
226,979
Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Yes, you're right.  The Corps owns the land between your property and the lake edge.  They regulate what you can cut and what you can't, etc. but you still get good use out of the lakefront within those rules.  You just cannot put any permanent structure on 'their' land.  I have plants and flowers and a birdbath out there.

Each Corp lake seems to be different.  I was showing property last month on another lake and some of the houses have to sit so far back from the water that you don't even know a lake is there! 

Jun 04, 2007 08:07 AM #4
Rainmaker
226,979
Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Cory:

Yes, the Corps of Engineers means they built a dam, so they get to use the electricity generated and tell us lakefront property owners what we can and cannot do.  It's really ok most of the time.  Their regulations are keeping this lake clean and clear without too much boat traffic.  Some lakes are wall to wall boats and docks, and I don't call that lake living.  It's more like surviving -= not enjoying. 

Jun 04, 2007 09:52 AM #5
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
226,979

Joan Snodgrass

Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information