Owning a boat isn’t typically like owning a car. For landlocked folk, a boat doesn’t normally fulfill everyday needs, nor is it normally put to use every day. For many people, boating is a hobby. So it’s all the more important that you take precautions when storing and maintaining your boat when it’s not in use. Unnecessarily stretching your budget to pay for easily preventable damages is the last thing you want to do.
The first thing you’ll want to do is either treat the gas or remove it altogether from your boat. What you do will decide on how long your boat will be in storage.
If you’ll use storage for just a few months, fill up the tank with a high quality fuel stabilizer. Then run the engine for a few minutes to ensure the treatment reaches the engine. You should be set to go.
But if you’ll be storing longer than a few months, especially closer to a year, you’ll want to drain all the gas. It turns out, just like food at the grocery store, fuel has a shelf life. And after a period of stagnation, the gas will form gum, clogging, blocking, and destabilizing lines, tanks, and carburetors.
Dry It Out
After you settle the fuel situation, you’ll want to completely dry out the boat. This is a great time, also, to check for leaks. Water can get in anywhere there’s a leak, especially your hatches or vents. Inspect your boat inside and out and dry anywhere water is present. If you find water in a spot it shouldn’t be, you can patch up or fix the issue, without having to learn about it while you’re on the water, in the middle of a lake.
At many self-storage locations, you can simply store your boat outside on a trailer. But you might want to keep it inside, just in case. If you’d hate to have your boat exposed to negative temperatures, maybe a temperature-controlled unit is best for you. If you just want it out of the elements, a regular storage unit will fit your needs.
If you have any questions about storing your boat, just give us a call! Infinite Self Storage is managed by storage professionals and would love to help you out!