Indoor storage is ideal for boat owners who want to protect their investment. With an indoor vehicle storage unit, both the temperature and humidity are set, preventing freezing and excess moisture accumulation on your boat.
Without proper preparation, however, interior or exterior parts may become damaged—even indoors. To prevent a disappointment and extra work next boating season, keep our list of 15 must-dos handy when prepping your boat for indoor storage.
Prep Inside & Out
The work you put in now can save you time and money next season. Consider the following to get your boat ready for storage now, which will help decrease prep next season as well.
- Research indoor storage facilities. Consider options that that work best with your location and provide convenient waterway access.
- Have your boat mechanically serviced by a professional to check the cooling system, fresh water lines and fuel tanks.
- Remove the battery, and store it outside of the boat.
- Repair any exterior dings or cracks.
- Update your vehicle’s license and insurance information. Some storage facilities require these items before storing.
Clean & Protect
Finish the season by giving your boat some well-deserves TLC. Being up close and personal with your boat now will also let you examine any damages that may have occurred this season so you don’t have surprises later on.
- Wash and wax your boat’s exterior after your last summer ride.
- Remove cushions and other items that could be damp and cause mildew. Clean as needed, and store outside of the vehicle.
- Clean interior carpets and floors.
- Use a marine protectant specific to boat vinyl to preserve the upholstery.
- Ensure your bilge spaces (lower compartments) are clean and free of oil.
Maintain for Longevity
Regularly maintained boats last longer. Incorporate the following five steps into your regular maintenance routine at summer’s end.
- Properly support the hull when storing indoors to prevent physical cracking or engine misalignment.
- Test all electronics, and replace as needed.
- Grease all bearings, and prep any unprotected metal parts with an anti-corrosion spray.
- Change the oil twice a year—once before storing your boat, and once after taking it out.
- Cover the boat with a well-made, ventilated canvas. Even indoors, it’s important to protect the waterline from dirt and dust.
Enjoy Smooth Sailing
There are a number of storage options available for boat owners. While each has its advantages, there’s no contest that a climate-controlled storage unit, provides more protection from the elements when compared to outdoor storage. Consult a storage professional if this is your first storing season to ensure your boat receives proper care.
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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 Wickliffe and Westlake are conveniently located within miles of Lake Erie. Contact us to discuss your options.
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