Everything You Need To Know About Storing Your Boat
Posted by:GJW Direct | Sep 22, 2020
When it comes to storing your boat, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to ensure your boat is still in great condition when you return to it.
Before putting it in storage, it’s important to prep it accordingly:
- Assess the performance
On its last trip out on the water, take note of how it runs. If you spot any concerns, we advise getting them looked at sooner rather than later to avoid issues worsening whilst in storage, reducing the chances of a nasty surprise next time you come to use it.
- Clean it thoroughly - think spring clean!
- Dirt, salt and other debris that can be found in bodies of water can cause damage, including paint and sealant wear. To ensure your boat avoids any damage, be sure to invest time in giving it a good clean before putting it in storage.
- Carry out any maintenance jobs
- Whilst tackling the maintenance jobs probably isn’t at the top of your list of things you want to do, it’s certainly necessary. Make time to run a few checks and change the oil and antifreeze.
Boat storage options
- Outdoor self-storage
This is one of the most affordable boat storage options but is at a higher risk of bad weather conditions. Yes, you have the option to cover it but it won’t completely take away the risk of weather damage.
Whilst this isn’t the cheapest option, it’s ideal for those boaters who want an easier getaway! Storing your boat in a marina means you won’t have to worry about taking your boat out and onto a trailer, as soon as you’re ready to hit the water, you can get going. However, storing in a marina does come with a slight risk of damage from other boats passing and wet storage could cause other issues such as barnacle growth, so be sure to follow the marina’s rules and regulations.
- Dry stacked
Best-suited to smaller sized boats,inside dry-stacked storage will ensure your boat is protected from other boaters and bad weather conditions since boats are stored inside a warehouse. Outside dry-stacked storage is a great way to protect from theft and damage from other vessels, however is still exposed to the elements. For those who prefer their boat readily available, this might not be the best solution, especially since some companies limit how often you can take your boat out.
- At-home storage
This usually means storing your boat in a garage or shed, requiring a lot of extra space. However, if you have the space available it’s a rent-free solution that allows you to have instant access whenever you want to take it out. Don't forget, your boat is still prone to theft and potential fire damage so be sure to keep your insurance up to date for the winter period too!
- Self-service storage
Another option to store your boat is using a self-service storage unit, ideal for those who need easy access. This will require a large space and you’ll have to travel to get to it.
Often, the best storage for you will depend on your boat type and size but regardless of whether you choose outdoor or indoor storage, there are plenty of options available.
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