How to Properly Store a Boat

Commercial boat storage facility located at the western edge of the Western Reclamation in Auckland City, New Zealand. Image Source: Public Domain.

Owning a boat can be a huge investment.  In addition to ensuring it is fitted with the best equipment, it is important to set aside some of your budget and planning towards storing your boat when it is not in use.  Ideally, a boat should be stored in the most convenient and economical spaced possible.  Here are a few helpful tips.

When you purchase your boat, discuss storage with your dealer.  If you’re buying second-hand, you may get lucky and have storage considerations taken care of.  If not, ask for referrals.  Storage is a key component of boat ownership and should be taken seriously.

One of the most economical ways to store a boat is to keep it on a trailer which is parked on your driveway, garage or in your backyard.  A boat trailer is a handy investment which makes it easy to transport a boat to different bodies of water.  Before purchasing a boat trailer, take measurements to ensure you have enough space.  Also, make sure you read up on the boat towing capacity of your vehicle.  After all, a trailer will not do much good if it cannot be shipped anywhere.

If you are living on rented property, you may want to check with your landlord to ensure that you are allowed to store a boat on the property.

Small boats may be able to be stored on racks or dry stacks in a rack storage facility, which will keep the boat covered in a shed-like environment.  Rack storage is usually quite economical to rent and can be located through a search engine.

Boat marina slips are a good option for owners of large boats.  As an added bonus, many boat marinas offer winter storage as well as Internet and TV access at the dock.  Rates for a boat marina slip vary.  Your boat dealer may be able to provide you with recommendations.

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