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Everything You Need to Know About Long-Term Boat Storage

Boat storage is critical to maintaining your boat and ensuring safety.

For instance, fiberglass hulls are susceptible to blistering, which is unsightly and threatens the integrity of the hull. Blister repair is expensive with high-end estimates.

This is just one of many potential issues that may arise due to inadequate long-term storage. Read on for a guide to effective long-term boat storage. Explore tips to ensure that your boat stays in great condition throughout the year.

Storage Options

There are several dry and wet storage options for you to consider. The most cost effective and safer option will be dry storage.

You can find several options for dry storage such as storing it in a storage unit or parking it on a trailer on a lot at a storage facility.

Self-storage facilities provide several advantages over other storage options. Most importantly, self-storage facilities can offer great benefits such as 24-hour surveillance, fenced in areas and wide driveways to make gaining access to your boat easy.

Make sure to consider purchasing shrink wrap or a tarp to cover your boat if you will be storing out in the open long-term to prevent damage from weather elements.

Read the Owner's Manual

Before putting your boat into storage, read the owner's manual to see what winterization tasks are required. There are many preventative maintenance tasks to perform on the engine and interior to prepare for long-term storage.

The engine, for example, is vulnerable to damage during the offseason. Corrosion and fuel degradation are amongst many of the issues that may arise.

The owner's manual will advise you to change the engine oil and filters before placing the boat into long-term storage. The manual may also recommend emptying the fuel tank and filling up water tanks. Follow all winterization steps closely as a failure to do so may violate the warranty terms.

Long Term Boat Storage Risks

Clearly, there are many different options for boat storage. A number of these storage options come with a significant risk to your boat's longevity.

For example, storing the boat in the water is likely to necessitate a fresh coat of paint in the spring. There is also the risk that the boat could sink.

Some dry storage options leave the boat vulnerable as well. Air does not retain heat as long as water does.

This means that a boat stored outside is susceptible to freezing. If you failed to winterize your boat before freezing conditions set in, any insurance claims you file might be rejected. Lastly, storing in your boat on a trailer in your driveway could leave it vulnerable to theft.

Wrapping Up

Where to store a boat is a complicated question for many owners. A storage facility is the safest option as it minimizes the risks presented above.

A storage facility protects your boat against theft, water intrusion, and freezing conditions. It is also a great place to perform winterization tasks such as changing the engine oil and applying anti-corrosion products to critical components.

If you have more questions about long term boat storage, please contact us for additional guidance.

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