Boat Storage Preparation
Although many people across the United States have the pleasure of owner their own boats, a large portion of this population of boat owners really has no clue when it comes to winterization and boat storage requirements. Failing to winterize your boat before putting it into storage can and will usually lead to fairly significant damage being sustained. Damage such as cracks will ultimately lead to leaks, which is never a good situation on a boat.
Corrosion, damage to the boat’s interior, and fuel deterioration are all types of other significant damage that a boat will usually sustain when not properly winterized and put into some sort of well thought out and planned boat storage.
No two boats are alike so boat storage strategies will almost always very from boat to boat and from boat owner to boat owner. Because of the differences that will always present themselves, it is always a prudent move to check with the boat manufacturer or at minimum the owner’s manual for your particular type and size boat before planning or implementing any kind of boat storage strategy. Knowing what works best for you specific make and model will go a long way toward understanding what is required to ensure your particular boat survives the long winter months while sitting in boat storage.
The intent of this article about boat storage strategy is to identify key areas and key factors that must be considered by any competent boat owner when determining what steps need to be taken prior to putting a boat into boat storage, what has to happen while the boat is in storage for the season, and what steps need to be taken once the boat taken out of boat storage for the season. Please read on for some practical and interesting tips regarding boat storage techniques.
First and foremost, a diligent boat owner needs to ensure the gas tank of his boat is 100% full prior to putting it into boat storage for the year. Failure to do so will almost always result in bad things happening to the fuel and the associated fuel system components inside of the boat’s motor. One of the worst things that can happen if you fail to fill the fuel tank is condensation build up in the gas lines and in the gas tank itself. Condensation such as this will quickly lead to fuel spoilage. Have fun trying to start your boat’s motor when it is filled with bad fuel. It just won’t work.
After filling the boat’s gas tank with good fuel, you should replace your oil. Doing so just prior to putting your watercraft into boat storage for the season will allow any impurities or gunk to drain, eliminating it from your boat’s system. Changing your oil will require that you follow the advice of your boat’s owner’s manual so be sure you have it handy before getting started. The manual will show where the oil should be drained from and it will also show what type of oil to replace it with.
Always replace your fuel filter and oil filter while changing your oil and filling your gas tank. Do yourself a favor and do not skimp on this part of your boat storage strategy. Doing so will probably wind up costing you more money in the long run to have repairs performed when you try to take the boat out of boat storage at the beginning of next boating season. You should always buy the best products that you can afford so that they can protect your boat during it days while in boat storage.
Although boat storage in general is a good idea, knowing how to prepare a boat prior to putting it into storage for the year is probably just as important as the boat storage method itself. Simply taking your boat and locking it away in your choice of boat storage for six months will only serve to hasten the demise of your valuable possession so always be sure to follow at least the minimum guideline described in your boat’s users manual. Failure to properly prepare your craft for long term boat storage is a recipe for major headaches down the road.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the planning that is involved prior to putting a watercraft into boat storage for the season and I hope that by reading this article and following its advice, you save yourself some headaches later on. Remember to always check with your user manual before putting your boat into storage for the season!
Boat Storage Preparation