Those who own a boat will know the expenses of time, money and labour that go into such a hobby. Boats are valuable assets that require a decent level of care to ensure they remain in good, working condition. However, when winter rolls around, many boats are left either out on the street or taking up much needed space in the garage. Finding a storage space for your boat can provide a secure location, out of the elements while you wait for summer to return. Here’s the best process for storing your boat.
- The Exterior
Cleaning is an essential part of storing any item, but it’s extremely important when it comes to boats. Salt and other chemicals from the water can cause severe damage to your boats exterior if it’s left on it.
Wash down all hard surfaces, making sure to clean all salt and other residue off the hull. It’s also important to make sure there’s no water in the bilge or similar areas as this can also erode parts of your boat.
Also ensure any vinyl upholstery is clean and dried.
- The Motor
As usual, you should flush your motor to clear salt water. It’s also a great time to change the oil and filter as this can displace any water and other things that shouldn’t be in the motor. Drain and replace the gear box oil and grease any areas that will require it.
It’s important that you top up the fuel tank with fuel to prevent water moisture building up while your boat is in storage.
Before you put your boat into storage, it’s a good idea to fully charge your battery. You should also top up the cells with distilled water and clean the terminals. This will help to prolong its life.
When you put it in storage, you can disconnect the negative terminal to prevent discharging. Don’t disconnect the positive terminal first.
It’s likely that you will have a trailer to transport your boat and this can be put into storage as well. You should follow similar steps for your trailer.
Cleaning it is important, again making sure all residue is washed off. You can also protect your trailer from rust with grease-based corrosion protection.
Make sure your tyre pressure is correct. If possible, you should move your trailer forward or backwards a few feet every two weeks to avoid getting flat spots.
The best place to store your boat is indoors, or at least undercover, out of the elements. It’s still a good idea to cover it with a boat cover to keep dust, insects and other pests out of your pride and joy.
If you’re looking to store your boat, or simply need more storage space, Spacer can provide you with affordable, secure and local storage solutions.