StorPlace Self Storage has many facilities that have storage for boats for the winter. We also offer a few tips and tricks to help you have the best storing experience and allow you to get your boat back on the water faster when it is lake time again. Winterizing your boat is never a fun task. It usually means that summer is on its way out-of-town and taking your fun on the water with it. The only thing that would be worse would be getting to next spring and finding out that your boat winterization efforts weren’t properly executed and your fun on the water will continue its hiatus until your boat is fixed.
1. Storage in the water means you might get a jump on the boating season next spring, but with our help and insight you can still do that. You can also decide to store your boat ashore. If you have a choice, storage ashore is a safer bet and with StorPlace Self Storage we give you the peace of mind to make it better and more protective. Out of the water storage may be less expensive over the life of a boat, since a hull surrounded by air for several months each winter is less likely to develop blisters. These blisters can occur on the hulls of boats when water soaks into the laminate below the waterline.
2. We like to tell people that before anything else, you need to take your boat out for (at least) one more trip. Also, make notes about the things you want to repair, replace or modify on your boat. Once the list is complete and you have enjoyed your last few water adventures, it’s time to prepare projects to do on the boat for this fall, winter and next spring.
3. When placing a boat in storage, don’t forget to remove as much gear from the boat as possible. Remove items that need to be cleaned and don’t forget to get your fire extinguishers maintained. Also, remove all garbage from the boat. Once the boat is cleaned inside and out, remember to leave the interior doors and lockers open so air can circulate. You might want to put out some moisture and odor absorbers, such as DampRid, just before you close up the boat. You can pick up DampRid at any of our locations.
4. To protect your boat’s engine while in storage, start by topping off your tanks (not more than 7/8 full to allow for expansion in the spring) and stabilizing your fuel. Change your engine oil and replace all the filters. Check the coolant in closed-cooling systems for the proper degree of protection. Check the hoses, belts and clamps. Make sure all your thru-hulls open and close, and then leave them open.
5. Covering your boat to keep the snow off is a good idea and there are just as many ways to do this as there are boat owners. We suggest that you make sure that your boat has a nice cover on it and that you secure it tightly.