When boating season is over and it’s time to store your boat, there are a variety of options you can choose from. There are different levels of protection and different price points available to fit all sorts of needs. We’ll review some of the boat storage options and the characteristics of each so you can make the right choice for storing your boat.
STORING BOATS AT YOUR RESIDENCE:
If you have space in a heated garage or building (above 50°F) where you live; use it. Free and convenient win out over anything else. You can also store your boat outside on your property (if your subdivision or village allows) but there are some different winterization rules that apply if you live in a colder climate. Make sure you check with your boats manufacturer for winterization and engine prepping directions. If you don’t, something catastrophic like a cracked engine block can be the result. If you can store your boat outside make sure you put a tarp on the boat to protect it from the elements. There is also a new option for protection called “shrink wrapping” where plastic film is wrapped around the boat and form fitted to protect the boat from the elements. (Since air circulation is important vents are cut into the film to enable air to circulate). This option can be purchased at most boat dealerships and marinas. If you do store on a trailer at your residence, make sure the tires are properly inflated, covered, and the trailer is moved slightly from time to time to avoid flat spots on tires. It is even better if the boat can be put on blocks. The outside option is good for smaller fishing or pleasure boats without lots of balls and whistles, the inside type of boat storage is good for any boats that will fit.
RACK STORAGE FOR BOATS:
Rack storage at a boat storage facility is a good option for security because the boats are suspended in racks. The racks are underneath a roof and either tarped or shrink wrapped for protection from the elements. This option is a little less convenient than other boat storage options because you have to work around the storage facilities schedule and the travel to and from the facility has to be taken into account. This option is usually the one of the cheapest forms of storage that’s not at your home. People with ski boats, have limited space on their property and neighborhood restrictions often use this type of boat storage.
SELF STORAGE FACILITIES
Self storae facilities can offer both inside and outside storage ranging from open air to inside climate controlled boat storage. Obviously, the higher level of security and climate control, the higher the price.
MARINA BOAT STORAGE:
Storing your boat at the marina your boat out of is a very convenient option but it’s definitely more expensive than most other options. Charges are generally based on the size of the boat or slip and directly proportional to the location and popularity of the marina. Services like winterization, mechanical services, electric connections, TV and computer access, fuel, and restrooms are often provided, so it’s really a one stop shop. From a price standpoint though, this option is usually for more expensive boats with deeper pocketed owners, but if you can afford a $75,000 and up boat, you can (and should) take the best care of it.
These storage options give some direction on types of boat storage. As always, look at your needs and your budget and match it up to what’s available for boat storage in your area.