Cruising North? New Long-Term Dry Storage Yard in Gulf Shores

Easy access to a variety of local waterways for cruising, inshore and offshore fishing opportunities and award-winning coastal cuisine are just a few reasons to travel to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area of Alabama. Now, if you’re looking for long-term dry storage in this area, you’re in luck. In November, Saunders Yachtworks opened its 42,000-square-foot storage yard that can accommodate power and sail vessels up to 50 feet inside a fenced perimeter with security lighting and power hook-ups. Customers will have the option to dry dock or leave the boats trailered.

“Saunders has a long history of providing a wide variety of marine-related services to the fleet of recreational boats using the Alabama Gulf Coast,” says John Fitzgerald, Saunders CEO. “The decision to offer our customers a long-term dry storage option was a natural fit for our company.”

The Saunders family has been in the marine service business in coastal Alabama since 1959. The company operates a full-service yacht yard in Gulf Shores that accommodates vessels up to 130 feet with a 165-ton lift. A second yard, located in Orange Beach, offers 60-ton lift capacity with full-service and do-it-yourself options, as well as a ship’s store.  

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.