Summer is finally here, and you’re ready to get your boat out of storage for tubing, fishing and other fun family activities. Before you set sail, you want to be sure that your boat is fully prepped for the water, and that you have a storage plan in place for when your boat is not in use.
There are many options for storing your boat. Self storage might not be an obvious solution, but it can provide many benefits to help keep your investment protected all seasons of the year.
Getting Your Boat Ready to Sail
There are a number of steps to take to ensure your boat is ready for sailing after months of storage. Before you hit the water, make sure that you perform the proper maintenance procedures on the following areas of your boat:
- Fuel system
- Belts, cables and hoses
- Electrical system
- Propellers and hulls
In addition, examine your safety equipment for any holes, cracks or other signs of damage that might prevent the equipment from functioning properly in the event of an emergency.
Here are some additional resources on preparing your boat for sailing:
- Discover Boating: Springtime Boat Preparation (includes downloadable maintenance checklist)
- Boatline.com: Getting Ready for Spring Sailing
Self Storage Benefits For Your Boat
While storing a boat on a trailer in your driveway is the most cost effective, and storing at a marina is the most easily accessible storage option, self storage can provide desirable advantages.
Consider the following benefits of self storage to help determine the best storage plan for boating season:
- City ordinances – Many cities prohibit the storage of boats in residential driveways. If this is the case in your community, self storage can provide a variety of cost effective solutions.
- Marina boat storage rates – Compare the cost of renting a self storage unit versus the often high cost of storing your boat at a marina. While onsite storage is convenient, the cost savings received by utilizing a self storage facility can be a nice perk of storing your boat in close proximity versus in the water.
- Additional equipment – Do you also own jet skis, fishing gear or other boating accessories? These items can clutter your home garage and take up unnecessary space, especially during the off-season. A self storage unit allows you to keep all of your equipment in one convenient location, and organized to your liking.
- Security – Weigh the security features at a self storage facility against your other storage options. Security features, such as restricted access gates, extensive video surveillance, and onsite management are some key security benefits found in a self storage facility. Additionally, individual storage units can have premium security, such as individual door alarms and recessed cylinder locks, which provide the optimum level of protection for your boat.
Winter Boat Storage
When it’s time to tuck your boat away for the year, be sure it is prepped to withstand the cooler weather.
A climate-controlled storage unit, or indoor heated storage, is the best way to ensure your boat is protected from the often harsh winter conditions. Both the temperature and humidity will be controlled in your unit, thus preventing freezing and the accumulation of excess moisture on your boat.
If you elect the less expensive outdoor storage, be sure to have your boat shrink wrapped, which can prevent snow and freezing temperatures from penetrating the boat’s exterior.
Additionally, the following articles provide a great list of tips and maintenance procedures all boat owners should complete:
- Boatline.com: How to Winterize Your Boat
- Boatline.com: Boat Storage Tips to Ensure Smooth Sailing Next Year
- Boatline.com: Preparing Your Boat for Warmer Weather
- Discover Boating: How to Winterize a Boat
Security Self Storage offers a variety of solutions for boat owners, at a budget that works for you. In addition, the Security Self Storage facilities located in Willoughby (Euclid Ave. and Lost Nation Rd.), Wickliffe and Westlake are conveniently located within miles of Lake Erie. Contact us to discuss your options.
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