3 Boat Storage Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Posted on: 15 March 2017

Storing your boat, whether for winter or just for a couple of months when it won't be in use, must be done properly if you want to avoid problems down the road. Many boat owners try to self store, although this isn't always the best option. The following are some mistakes you want to avoid when storing your boat for more than a couple of weeks.

#1: Storing the boat outside

Longterm outside storage is a recipe for damage. Even with a cover, your boat is exposed to moisture and the elements. This can lead to mold and mildew growth on upholstery and wooden aspects of the boat. Using a plastic wrap system may seem like a good alternative, but in some cases this makes it worse to store outside because the wrap traps even more moisture. Instead, opt for a boat storage facility that offers indoor storage for all boats. This way you can be sure your boat is protected from moisture and UV exposure.

#2: Storing the boat dirty

A dirty boat can also develop problems. Water spray, especially salt, can lead to corrosion and degradation. Food and fish particles can also attract pests – both insects and rodents. Wash the boat before you store it. Then, make sure it is thoroughly dried – especially any upholstery. Remove fabric items, like ropes, cushions, and life vests. Store these clean and dry inside sealed plastic storage boxes. This protects them from both moisture and pests. You can keep the boxes on the boat so you don't have to find room to stow them at home.

#3: Storing without any systems prep

Storing your boat without some attention to the engine and water systems can lead to trouble. If you will be storing over winter, it's imperative that you drain all water out of the boat and then run antifreeze through all the water systems. Regardless of when you are storing or for how long, always top off the fuel tank so that there is no way moisture or air can work its way in. You may also want to add a fuel stabilizer if you are storing the boat for more than a month. You may also need to have the engine fogged if you are storing it for more than a few weeks. This will prevent it from corroding during longterm storage.

For more help, contact a boat storage facility, such as Riverside Marina, in your area.


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