How to Store Equipment If You Live Along the Coast

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, and the only one fully surrounded by water.  It has approximately 37,000 km of coastline.

One of the amazing things about Australia’s coastline is that the three great oceans—Antarctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean—meet. In addition, it has more than ten thousand beaches stretching about 10,000 km. Including the shores surrounding other small islands, the country has almost a 50,000 km coastline.

Australia’s famous beaches

Due to the heat, most Australian cities are situated along the coastlines.  Numerous beaches in Australia, based on surveys conducted by travel and tour agencies as well as Australia’s Tourism Office, are famous around the world.

Among these beaches, Whitehaven Beach, which is surrounded by the Great-Barrier Reef Marine Park and located in the Whitsundays, enjoys the number one spot.  This famed beach is well-known for its pristine white sand (containing 99% quartz, according to geosciences experts) that repels heat, allowing you to walk barefoot along its 7 km stretch whatever the weather. At its northern end, Hill Point, you can be mesmerised by the picturesque landscape overlooking the beach.

Other famous Australian beaches are Turquoise Bay (about 60 km south of Exmouth in Western Australia), Cable Beach (an eight-minute drive from Broome Australia), Wine Glass Bay (Freycinet Peninsula on the East Coast of Tasmania), Ninety Mile Beach (Gippsland, more than 200 km from Melbourne), Bells Beach (Victoria, South West of Melbourne), Hyams Beach (New South Wales, South of Sydney), Horseshoe Beach (Magnetic Island, Queensland), Cottesloe Beach (between Perth and Fremantle), and Bondi Beach (seven miles from the Central Business District of Sydney).

Water sports and other activities

If you live in Australia, loving the beach is almost a default, as well as all the watersport activities they facilitate. Beyond relaxing on the beach,  you can go kayaking, paddle boating, go surfing, or ride a wave atop a boogie board.

Downsides of living near the coasts

Whilst it is definitely fun to live near the coast, there are downsides to it. If you are a beach operator, working near a beach, or happen to be the lucky owner of a beachfront residence, you know this all too well. Because of the salty air, various properties such as your house, car, furniture, appliances, as well as some of your beach equipment and gear, can suffer from corrosion easily due to exposure to the dust from the sand, sun, and wind.

Tips to protect your properties and equipment

A combination of dust, heat, and salty air can easily erode metals, such as the ones in your home and car.  To protect them and your beach equipment and gear from the harsh elements, you must have proper storage spaces for each item when they are not in use.

  1. Keep your home and vehicles clean and dry by constantly removing the grime and dirt that accumulate on their surfaces.  Use fresh water to wash the salty solution off the metals.

  2. Use paint as a protective layer on your cars and the metallic parts of your home against the ocean air.  You may also want to apply wax regularly to prevent rust.

  3. Clean your equipment thoroughly after use and before storing it. This is the first line of protection to keep your belongings in good condition.  Scrape dirt and sand that cling to surfaces. Make sure that there is no dampness or moisture left in them. Wipe them clean and apply protective wax or oil, if needed.

  4. Your kayak, surf board, paddle board, and boogie board can be placed in a rack or hung from the ceiling. For kayak storage, you can hang your kayak on its side on a sling.

  5. You can have your equipment lean on walls in your living room and serve as decoration in your beach house.

  6. When not in use, avoid exposing your belongings to the sun.  The sun’s heat can erode their material, causing cracks and splits. You can also put them inside a protective covering before putting them away.

  7. If you have extra time and you know a bit of carpentry, you can customise a mini-shed or cabinet to store your tools and equipment. Put the shed or cabinet in a cool, dry place.

Do you need storage space?

If you lack space to store your valuables and equipment at home, you can depend on Spacer.com.au. We can provide you with a storage space that suits your preference wherever and whenever you need it.

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