Self storage rental units are an inexpensive place to dry-dock your boat for the winter. However, you’ll want to take a few steps to properly prepare your boat for long-term boat storage. These preparations will ensure that your boat is ready for use when the temperatures rise again.

How To Prepare Your Boat For A Winter In Self-Storage Rental Units

  1. Clean your boat thoroughly before putting it into storage. This will allow you to see any damage to the boat that needs to be repaired.
  2. Make necessary repairs. When you retrieve your boat from your self-storage rental in the spring or summer, you’ll probably be eager to use it as soon as possible. Making repairs before you rent storage space for the winter ensures that your craft will be ready to go the next time you want to put it in the water.
  3. Winterize the boat motor. Most boats should have fuel stabilizer added to the motor before being put into a self-storage rental unit. Read your boat’s manual for specific instructions on how best to prepare your motor for winter.
  4. Flush the cooling system. You can purchase a flushing kit from a boat supply store or a boat dealer. When you call to rent self-storage, you may also be able to purchase additional supplies for winterizing your boat.

Once your boat is ready for storage, look to rent self-storage that allows drive up access and offers additional security to protect your boat while it’s away from your home. You can rent storage space that allows you 24 hour access as well.

  • williamwalker91

    This was very good for me to learn about. I just got a new boat and I want to make sure that it is safe for the winter. The main thing that I needed to learn is how to fit in the storage unit. I don’t think the storage unit they offer where I live is big enough. I think I might have to get a small storage shed for it.

  • Kent Clark

    Boats are expensive. I know a guy that didn’t store his boat properly one year. That might as well been a few thousand dollars flushed down the toilet. It was a very nice boat, too. You can never be too careful when it comes to your prized possessions.

  • Andre Franklin

    My cousins have a new boat that they bought earlier this year, and they’re trying to find a place to store it for the winter. I’m honestly kind of surprised that they haven’t tried to take care of it before now, but I guess it’s been pretty warm around where they live until now. Hopefully they’ll get something figured out before it gets below freezing outside where they live.
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