Boat Storage: Cold-Weather Tips

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Proper boat storage gives protection from sunlight, frequent rains, and severe weather. Whether you are using your boat to fish, or for recreational purposes, boat care is essential to the well-being of your investment. If you aren’t using your boat throughout the colder months, it is important that you store it. Proper boat storage does not have to be difficult, though, especially when you have some helpful tips.

Boat Storage Tips:

boat storageSelecting a Boat Storage Method

When it comes to boat storage, there are several methods available, and include: wet docking, rack storage, covered storage, enclosed storage, and outside storage. In rack storage, the boat is usually safely positioned in steel frames. This storage method is ideal for smaller boats. Enclosed storage is also available for small trailer boats. Outdoor storage is fine, too, as long as you take the proper precautions. For example, cover your boat up and consult your boat’s manufacturer about any treatments that certain parts may need in cold-weather months. Covered boat storage is also a suitable alternative as long as the same measures are taken.

Have a bigger boat? No worries, the wet docking method is used if your vessel is large and cannot be easily lifted out of water. Regardless of the size of your boat, there is a boat storage solution that is sure to satisfy your needs.

Insurance

When selecting a boat storage solution, it is important that you make sure on-site insurance is offered. This type of policy should include any damages to your boat, the boat itself, and any losses that may result from theft. If your boat is stored in a wet slip, trailered storage, or a commercial storage facility, the marina will take care of any damages to your boat that may occur due to their negligence. However, if the loss is the result of a natural calamity, the storage facility won’t cover it. Because of this, it is crucial that you have your own boat insurance policy that will cover any additional damages.

Protection from Weather

Will your boat be exposed to sun, snow, rain, and wind? If so, you need to cover it up using shrink wrap or tarpaulins.  Boats that are open and have been exposed to rainfall should have a working bilge pump with a fully charged battery. This feature will help empty all water from the boat, which protects it for longer periods of time.

Winterization

Plan to store your boat in a place where the temperature in the storage facility may get below 32 degrees? As long as you make sure the marine engine has been drained of water, you should be fine. This prevents the engine from freezing, which could result in expensive damage repairs.

Time

If you know that your boat will be stored for more than a month, the engine must also be protected by fogging its intake and replacing some of the fuel system stabilizer inside the fuel tank. It is also  important that you disconnect your boat’s battery in an effort to prevent battery drainage over that period of time.

When it comes to boat storage, there are lots of things that need to be done before your boat can safely be stored for the cold-weather months. Boats are expensive pieces of machinery, so make sure you don’t take any shortcuts.

To learn about our boat storage solutions, contact our Kansas City, St. Joseph, or Owasso Attic Management Group location today.

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