Towards the end of the fall season, and when most of the country prepares for blizzard systems, boat owners add an additional line item to their wintering checklist: Decide where to store a boat. If you’re a new owner, this thought may not have crossed your mind, but proper winter boat storage can extend the life of your ship and ensure it gets bubbly in spring! Here are five options when considering where to store a boat.
1. In your driveway.
This is an inexpensive, yet risky option. While you can invest in decent cover, your rig will still be exposed to the elements and cold weather. Be sure to find out how to properly winterize your boat. Otherwise, the storage of your “free” ramp can be expensive.
2. In your garage.
Free indoor boat storage that protects the device from cold, rain and snow. If your garage has the space, put that cargo back for the winter. Take precautions against pests that may be looking for a warm place to find a home.
3. On an elevator or docked.
This is only ideal for areas that are not exposed to extreme freezing temperatures. Leaving your boat in the water for long periods is never a good idea, but it comes in handy if you plan to use it frequently. Docking fees may apply.
4. Dry rack storage.
Where to store a boat and keep it high, dry, warm and safe. Some full-service marinas offer dry storage, where your covered boat is stacked on a multi-tier rack using a forklift truck. Imagine a mega-large pantry with boats. The cost of this service can be high, but it can be a worthwhile investment.
5. Self storage.
Local storage facilities sometimes accommodate large vehicles such as RVs, trailers, and boats. If your neighborhood has limitations and you don’t want to spend a fortune, consider self storage. If it’s outside, make sure it’s covered and check it out regularly.
Take care of your boat, especially when it’s not in use, and it will last you for years!