Posted on: 18 June 2018
If you have purchased a boat in the off-season, and you need to store it for a few months before it is boating weather, there are some things to consider. You want to store it in a place where you know it will be safe, and where the value and condition can be maintained. You don't want the marine craft to get damaged before it hits the water. Here are some tips and options to consider, depending on your budget and what you have access to where you live.
Remove the Battery
If the space will not be heated, you want to remove the battery. There are a lot of heated storage options that you can try so you don't have to worry about removing the battery, but if not you want to take the battery out so it doesn't go dead or get damaged. Corrosion from humidity or condensation can cause a lot of damage to the battery and other electrical components throughout the boat.
Find a Storage Unit
Indoor storage units, such as those found at Sentry Mini-Storage Inc, are ideal for storage because the unit can be locked, and you don't have to worry about weathering. Look around to find units large enough to store your boat with the trailer and to see if you can find options that are heated if you want to work on the boat, or if you worry about temperature changes affecting the mechanical components or electrical screens and controls.
Wrap for Outdoor Storage
If you will be storing the boat at an outdoor storage facility, you want to have the boat wrapped. This is to prevent damage from water, snow, wind, and the sun, and also to keep pests out of the boat.
You also want to have the fluids drained if you know the boat will experience rigid cold temperatures. For areas with warmer temperatures, get the fluids changed and topped off so there is no room for condensation.
A boat can be a very valuable asset, so you want to make sure that you take the time to care for it properly, and that you store it with care. Get cost estimates for both indoor and outdoor storage options for the boat, and then make sure that you take the time to have it maintained by a marina. Ask the marina for other storage tips so the boat is ready to go when you want to put it in the water.Share