Learn about some boat storage options. Then, reserve space and get your boat ready for storage. The responsible storage practices that you follow will help you maintain the value of your watercraft.
Wet storage is featured at some marinas. A wet storage area allows a boat owner to leave their watercraft in the water year-round. This type of storage is suited for boat owners who do not want to deal with the hassle of transporting their boat back and forth from a waterway.
Surveillance equipment is often used to monitor decks, boat slips, and other parts of a marina that make up an outdoor storage area.
Dry Storage (Outdoors)
Dry storage that is featured outdoors includes uncovered and covered storage areas.
Uncovered storage will not provide protection from the elements. If a vinyl cover or another type of waterproof cover is draped over a boat, however, the watercraft will be protected from the sun and precipitation.
A dry storage area that is covered will feature an overhang that will provide protection from the sun, wind, and precipitation.
Dry Storage (Indoors)
Community storage areas and individual storage rooms are featured at indoor storage facilities. Dry storage will keep boats protected throughout each season. Boats will remain clean and dry while they are actively stored. The threat of vandalism or theft will be minimal.
Indoor storage may or may not be temperature-regulated. Temperature-regulated storage provides the most protection for boats. A temperature-regulated storage area will typically cost more than one that isn't regulated.
After you have reserved storage space, prepare your boat. Performing an oil change, cleaning the interior and exterior parts of your boat, and covering your watercraft will ensure that your boat is ready for use when your rental term is up, and you remove your boat from storage. These steps are important, especially if your boat will be stored outdoors.
Transport And Storage Guidelines
Make plans to transport your boat to the storage facility that you have selected. The trailer that you typically use to transport your boat to a body of water can be used for this purpose.
Many storage facilities feature a drive-up service. This type of service will allow you to park your vehicle close to the area where you will be storing your watercraft.
Gather your boat registration, identification, and any other documents that your storage rental agreement requires that you furnish. Turn in these documents when you arrive at the boat storage facility.