How to Store Your Boat Safely
Should I Store My Boat Indoors or Outdoor?
With the warm summer days coming to an end soon, it’s time to prepare your boat for a winter in storage. As a significant investment and considering all the joy it brings your friends and family, your boat deserves more care than simply tossing it in a storage unit for months at a time. Take care of your boat or jet ski before it’s time to lock it up by following these steps to ensure it comes out next year in near-perfect, seaworthy shape.
Before You Store Your Boat
Assess the Performance
Before you put it away for the next few months, it’d be prudent to ensure you know exactly what sort of shape it’s currently in. Take your boat for one last ride and keep an eye on its performance. Maintenance concerns can worsen during a long period without use, so it’s more cost-effective to get those little problems fixed now rather than dealing with big issues later.
Clean It Thoroughly
Boats can be expensive, and most people like being seen cruising around in a nice-looking watercraft, so boat owners typically want to care for its appearance as much as possible. The debris, dirt, salt, and micro-organisms found in local bodies of water can adhere to the surface of your boat, potentially causing severe paint and sealant damage if not cleaned before storage. Small grains of sand or gunk left on your boat’s hull over the winter can eventually cause major abrasions and even cracks that could compromise its seaworthiness. It wouldn’t hurt to thoroughly clean the interior as well. Once maintenance and cleaning is complete, be sure to wax the entire exterior and cover it completely to protect it during the long winter.
Finish the Maintenance Chores
Change the oil and antifreeze and apply a generous coating of fogging oil. Loosen or remove the boat’s drive belts to preserve the longevity of the belts during the chill and thaw over winter. If you notice other performance problems during your last ride that you may not have the expertise to tackle alone, consider asking a professional to look at the issue before it goes into storage.
Advantages of Storing Your Boat Indoors
Storing your boat indoors provides more protection from potentially hazardous weather and keeps it out of sight. This type of storage reduces the odds your boat will be stolen or vandalized.
Climate controlled indoor units also provide your boat with extra protection from hazardous weather. Some storage facilities, like Adult Toy Storage, are also equipped with video surveillance cameras and monitored by security to ensure no harm befalls your boat.
Advantages of Storing Your Boat Outdoors
While indoor boat storage offers unparalleled protection and amenities, it is costly, especially when compared to outdoor storage. Depending on the storage facility you choose, access to your boat could also be limited, making it difficult to use your own vessel on occasion. At Adult Toy Storage, you won’t have to worry about that – we give our customers access to their boats 24/7.
For boat owners on a budget, outdoor storage is the best solution. Blocking a boat on an empty lot is easily the least expensive storage method.
Outdoor boat storage does not have the same space limitations that an indoor facility has. For those with sailboats, virtually the only way to store them is outdoors where there is no height limit, and longer boats are often too large to fit in smaller sized lots.
Unlike many indoor storage facilities, outdoor lots allow owners easier access to their watercraft. Should you want to take your boat out on the water now and then, it will be much simpler if your boat is stored outdoors rather than having to pull your boat out of an indoor facility.
The downside of outdoor storage options is that they obviously do not provide the same level of protection from the elements, and many are only able to offer limited security measures.
Universal Boat Storage Best Practices
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the best ways to protect your boat from theft while in storage include:
- When you “dock it, lock it”
- Remove expensive equipment when not in use
- Chain and lock detachable motors
- Do not leave title or registration papers behind
- Disable the boat by shutting fuel lines or removing batteries
Boat Storage Made Easy with Adult Toy Storage
No matter which storage option you choose, Adult Toy Storage can accommodate your boat. As the largest boat and RV storage facility in Florida, we are proud to offer residents and businesses of Orange County and all surrounding areas with top tier service at our state-of-the-art Orlando storage facility. We offer several boat storage solutions, including secure storage, drive-up access, 24/7 access, and video surveillance to keep your prized possession safe and sound all season long. Contact us online or call (407) 875-8111 today to receive your free quote!