As a boat owner, you want the very best for your watercraft. The thing with boats is that unless you live in an area that is warm all year round, it will need to be stored away seasonally. While this is common for most boat owners to have to do, it is important that they store away the boat properly or it could easily become damaged and ruined while it sits out of the water.
When you go to store a boat, you may notice that properly storing it can be quite detailed. However, when you are used to properly preparing the boat for storage every year, it eventually becomes easier and easier. A lot of things must be addressed before you leave the boat to sit all winter long.
- Keep the batteries charged. There are things you can buy such as small solar panels that will keep the battery intact.
- Drain and replace the fuel in the boat. Poor fuel quality can damage the boat.
- Make sure there is no water on the boat especially in the fuel tank and other mechanical parts. Water will corrode the boats main parts or cause it to mildew along the exterior.
- Make sure you have all of your safety gear. Look over everything and decide what might need to be replaced. Some of the boat’s safety gear cannot withstand prolonged use and will need to be replaced every so often.
- If there are any repairs that need to be made to the boat, for example a replacement of the engine, take it to the mechanic before storing it. Make sure all pieces and parts are in working order first.
- Make sure you make any repairs to the hull if you spot any cracks or corrosion.
Properly storing your boat is easy once you get the hang of it and are knowledgeable of what to look for. Nevertheless, it is also just as important to make sure you are storing your boat somewhere where it is safe. Gated docks or storage units are usually best. Keep the boat dry and covered while it is being stored. If the elements enter the boat, you may get it out of storage to notice corrosion, cracks, or mold and mildew.
A boat is a precious possession and should be cared for meticulously. Make sure you are storing your boat securely during the cold winter months.