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An In-Water Dry Dock For Your Boat

SeaPen is an alternative to traditional docking — and boat lifts — that cuts down on boat maintenance.


Here's a riddle: How do you keep your boat's hull dry but in the water at the same time? The patented SeaPen in-water dry dock system is a new way (and place) to park your boat that does just that. SeaPen was created by the Australian manufacturer Dock Pro, and is now available in North America through Solstice Docking Solutions.

This drive-on dry dock system can be simply tied to any fixed or floating dock. A high-density polyethylene frame sits at water level. Drop the rear gate using a remote-control key fob and glide your boat onto the pliable, breathable, marine-grade rope netting. Water drains through the net onto a growth-resistant liner where the Smart-Pump System detects then automatically pumps out any water. This leaves the hull dry, but still at water level. No permanently installed boat lift needed!

This innovative floating dry dock keeps your hull free from marine growth without the need for antifouling. This allows for more time on the water and less for maintenance. In addition, the 13-inch-wide frame is sturdy enough to walk on, allowing for easy cleaning, inspections, and repairs all the way around your boat. An optional aluminum walkway can be added for convenience.

SeaPen - The Dry Docking Solution

"There's a SeaPen for every size and type of boat," says Craig Freeman, sales director, explaining that 13 model sizes create "on-water garages" for center-consoles, pontoons and jet boats, and yachts ranging from 13 to 65 feet. The manufacturer claims that the entire unit requires minimal maintenance. The cost for this system starts at $12,000. SeaPen is available for purchase direct from Solstice Docking Solutions or through its dealer network.


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Mark Corke

Associate Editor, BoatUS Magazine

A marine surveyor, and holder of RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certification, BoatUS Magazine Associate Editor Mark Corke handles the magazine’s very popular Practical Boater section, keeping it full of easy-to-follow how-to articles. Mark has built five boats himself — power and sail – has been an experienced editor at other top boating magazines, worked for the BBC, has written four DIY books, skippered two round-the-world yachts, and holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest there-and-back crossing of the English Channel, in a kayak! He and his wife have a Grand Banks 32.