A Checklist for Preparing your Boat for Long-term Storage

Boat Storage

Storing your boat for long-term storage takes a little preparation and time. This blog will explain how to prepare your vessel for dry storage. The Engine Whether your watercraft is a sailboat, a motorboat, or a yacht, your engine requires preparation. Here, we will go into this process step-by-step. Replace engine oil Before storing your boat, you will need to replace your old engine oil. Run the motor in the water first to ensure the old oil drains well and fill with a good quality oil for the duration of storage. This will avoid possible damage to your engine from old oil, which may cause pits to your bearings. If your motor is a 4-stroke engine, change the filter as well. Drain the Water From the Engine This step will be unique to the type of boat you have. For inboard and sterndrive engines, flush the engine with clean water. A water muff or similar device should be used for this step, which connects your garden hose to your cooling system on your boat. Continue flushing until your engine reaches normal temperature. Remember, never run a water engine without water! Now, remove the drain plugs, usually located in the engine block and manifold. You should also remove the water pump hose to allow the water to drain thoroughly. For outboard engines, remove the drain plugs and ensure the drain holes are open. Start the engine and flush the cooling system with fresh water; it should take a few minutes. Stabilize the Fuel A crucial step in storing your boat is stabilizing the fuel. Fuel can deteriorate during the over a period of months, which causes the fuel to gum up and varnish in your engine. A high-quality fuel additive designed to stabilize fuel is the way to go. Add the fuel stabilizer, then top off your tank with ...

December 9th, 2020

Boat Storage Tips

Boat Storage

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. ...

February 7th, 2018