Boating has become one of today’s most popular outdoor activities. Buying a boat will lead to fun and sun for you and your family. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think ahead to the times when they aren’t going to be able to use their boat. Boat storage is definitely not on your mind when you’re buying a boat, but it should be.
But once the reality sets in that you need a place to store your boat, luckily there are many options. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where it is warm all of the time, you can store your boat at the marina. Some people even have boat houses at the marina that can be rented so your boat isn’t sitting outside for anyone to get at. If your boat isn’t too big, you could also just keep it in your driveway or backyard.
But for a lot of people, it isn’t warm all year long and other accommodations need to be made. When it starts to get cold and you’re not going to be using your boat again for several months, you are going to have to place your boat in winter boat storage and find a place to store it. If you haven’t noticed, storage places are everywhere. Some may not be big enough for a boat. Usually if you check around near the water, there will be a boat storage facility for all shapes and sizes of boats.
But, of course, you will want to find a place that has some good security. You want to know that your boat will be safe when you’re not around. If you find a place with good security and offers indoor boat storage, you’ve hit the jackpot. You won’t have to worry about someone messing with your boat and you won’t have to worry about the weather destroying it.
If your boat is small enough, you could go the boat self storage route and store it in your garage. Or maybe a friend or family member has some extra room in their garage. If you’re lucky enough, you might not have to pay to have your boat stored. They may let you store your boat for free as long as you let them use the boat once in a while. And you know your boat will be safe.
If worse comes to worse and you just can’t find a place to store your boat, or it is just too expensive for you to store it, you could still keep it in your driveway or in your back yard. Even though it’s not as ideal as a boat storage building and the elements will raise havoc on your boat, you can cover it up securely with a boat cover or tarp and hopefully avoid a lot of damage. Putting it up against the side or back of your garage will help. Just make sure it is always covered and away from possible falling objects.
It all sounds like a lot of work, but boats aren’t cheap and you want to take care of your investment. Find what works for you so your boat is ready for when you want to use it again.