If you own a boat, you probably don’t have adequate storage space for it at your home. Storage facilities such as StorageMax have dedicated spaces for large recreational vehicles including boats and RVs which can be rented on a monthly basis.
When the weather and water cool down for the winter months you’ll want to prepare your boat for storage in a variety of ways to make sure it’s ready to go when you take it out next. Check out the following boat storage tips to keep your vessel in tip-top shape.
- You’ll need to prepare your engine based on the instructions in your owner’s manual. This likely includes draining and flushing the boat’s cooling system as well as draining and refilling its crankcase and using the spark plug holes to apply oil inside each cylinder.
- Clean the engine’s exterior thoroughly and then place a cover over the engine. You’ll also want to clean the decks, hull, bilge, cockpit, lockers, and all compartments and then coat them with wax or a preservative.
- Fill up completely or drain the boat’s fuel lines, carburetor and tanks, and pumps. Don’t forget to add a fuel stabilizer if filling them up.
- Cover your whole boat with a well-made cover that has ventilation ports. Be sure the cover is set up without low spots in case of rain.
- Leave all of the boat’s doors ajar, floorboards up, hatches partly open, ports and skylights fully opened, and lockers and drawers open.
- Take note of your boat’s registration, certifications, tags, and insurance to see if they will need to be renewed while the vessel is in storage.
- Your boat’s trailer is also important so be sure to check it’s tire pressure and cover its tires so they aren’t damaged by the sun.
Performing these routine tasks before you store your boat can help you avoid any unpleasant surprises the next time you’re getting ready to take it out on the water. Contact StorageMax to learn more about our boat storage options.