The terms “boat slip” and “dock” are often used interchangeably but do actually mean two different things. When you pull a boat into a marina, you could be faced with a couple of choices, do you dock, or do you slip? But what are the differences between a boat slip versus a dock? Let’s find out. 

What is a boat slip? Boat slips have just one open end, meaning the boat “slips” into it. The difference between boat slips and docks being docks having three open sides, as the boat positions “against” the side of the dock. Boat slips (aka dock slips) offer more protection, reducing the bumps that can happen in a traditional dock. </