Winter is not the perfect time to be using your boat, especially if you live in a place that gets large amounts of snow. Boats are built to survive in the water, not in snow. Finding the perfect storage solution for a boat can be difficult if you lack the space. Plus, the wintery weather can limit your choices even further.
Ultimately, leaving your boat out in nature will only leave you searching for a boat replacement. That is why winter boat maintenance is essential!
Just like any device with an engine, leaving it in freezing temperatures will end up damaging it. The engine of boats will get damaged if water is left inside it or if there is not any antifreeze added. The water inside will freeze and cause the engine to crack. The stanchion of your boat can break. It’s also not designed to withstand the heavy weight of snow accumulation.
Snow could also cause significant damage to your boat’s drains. Boats have drains on the inside to allow water to be drained. In the winter, if snow gets in and melts then freezes it will cause the holes to expand and shrink causing cracks. This could leave you wishing you covered the boat before leaving it out.
Your storing options.
Storing a boat is not as easy as storing a box of out season clothes. Finding the proper space to keep a boat is difficult. Storing a boat on a dock is not an ideal location if you don’t live in a sunny state. Leaving a boat in the middle of your driveway is not the most effective solution. The boat will be exposed to the elements and accessible to anyone. For many of us who don’t have a two car garage, storing a boat in the garage will leave us with no space.
The ideal storage solution
The appropriate answer to properly storing your boat is by taking it out of the water and storing it in a storage unit. Leaving your boat in the freezing water will cause cracking. A storage unit will protect boats from the winter weather and thieves. Plus all you need to do before storing it is a little winter boat maintenance. Many storage units provide consumers the option of outdoor or covered outdoor storage space.
Outdoor storage is a space outside that can be used to park anything from vehicles to boats. This outdoor storage is excellent for boats to be kept until the next Spring. This kind of storage is ideal for anyone who doesn’t have the area to park a boat outside their home.
Another option storage units provide is an outdoor, covered area. This kind of parking provide customers with covered storage where vehicles and boats can be stored.
Winter boat maintenance
Before you think about placing your boat into a storage unit, make sure it’s prepared to withstand the weather.
Here are a few of the recommendations you should do before storing your boat.
Removing the battery from the boat will ensure it working for a longer period of time. One tip experts share removing it and cleaning it distilled water.
If you are storing your boat outside in a storage unit space, cover up your boat. A boat cover will prevent anything dirt and moisture from building up.
Fill up the gas tank to prevent cracks in the tank.
Wash and wax.
Change your boat’s oil.