Is it time to put your boat in boat storage? Do you know how to prepare your boat for storage? Whether you want to store your boat during the cooler months, or you just don’t have enough space at home. Self storage is the best option when it comes to wanting to store your boat. Indoor or outdoor storage, either way you need to ensure you prepare your boat prior to putting it in storage. This will help to avoid any damage to the outside of the boat, inside of the boat and the motor. Here are some tips and tricks on how to best store your boat.
Clean inside the boat
Cleaning the inside of your boat prior to putting it in storage is a very important step to maintaining your vessel. You should remove any items that will leave an odour such as fishing buckets and baits. Clean out your fridge and leave the door partially open, and if you have any water ski equipment ensure that they are clean and dry to avoid mould growth. It’s also important to wash down all hard surfaces and try your best to remove any salt residual and other build ups. As well as cleaning and conditioning your upholstery. Most importantly though, make sure the inside of your boat is dry and no moisture is trapped inside. Moisture will cause odours and mould, which you do not want.
Clean outside the boat
The best way to start to cleaning the outside of your boat is to hose it off with fresh water. This will help to remove salt and any loose debris. Using a pressure washer when hosing off your boat is also an added bonus as this will really help to get those stubborn spots. Once you have finished hosing your boat off, continue to wash it with specialised boat cleaner and lather the outside to remove all grime. After that apply some boat protector to the outside. Now you’re ready for the next step!
Mechanical checks before storing your boat
Change your oil
Changing your oil is also important to maintaining your boats engine. It’s best to run your engine and warm it up for a few minutes and then perform a full oil change. As well as change the filter. It’s easy enough to perform an oil change yourself. However if you don’t feel comfortable doing so take it to your nearest boat mechanic.
Make sure there is fuel in your boat
It is also important to store your boat with a full tank of fuel. This will help to stop moisture collecting in the tank and also works as a stabiliser to the fuel. Preventing damage and degrading to the fuel tank.
Remove your battery and connect it to a charger whilst your boat is in storage. This will help to make sure it remains in good working order and is ready to go when you next need it.
Boat trailer maintenance
The storage process of your trailer is just as important as is your boat. It’s as easy as taking a quick trip to the service station and checking your tyre pressure. Cleaning it thoroughly to ensure there is no salt or debris that can cause rust. Lubricating your trailer hitches and applying grease to any points where corrosion may form. Then when your boat and trailer are in storage make sure you move the trailer every now and then to avoid flat spots on the rubber.
Cover your boat when using boat storage
Covering your boat is a must when using boat storage. Boat covers play a huge roll when it comes to storing your boat and protecting it from different elements. There is a large range of boat covers that you can purchase, however if you’re looking for a cheaper and more convenient option we suggest using a plastic tarp. This would be more beneficial for indoor boat storage. But if you’re looking for something for outdoor boat storage you should look to spend a little more and get a fitted boat cover.
Put your boat in boat storage
Now that you know all the tips and tricks you’re ready to put your boat in storage. Make sure you follow all of these tips when preparing your boat for storage and your vessel will be ready to go whenever you are. Avoid the hassle of finding space at home to store your boat and store your boat at Store Ur Stuff. With 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance. As well as security fencing, PIN coded access and security lighting, you can rest assured your boat will be safe and secure.