As the fall season draws to a close and the greater part of the country prepares for snowy storm systems, boat owners add an additional line item to their winterization checklist: decide where to store a boat. If you’re a new owner, perhaps this notion hasn’t crossed your mind, but proper winter boat storage can extend the life of your vessel and ensure it’s spry come spring! Here are five options when considering where to store a boat.
1. In your driveway.
This is a cost-effective, yet risky option. While you can invest in a decent cover, your rig is still exposed to the elements and cold weather. Be sure to read up on how to winterize your boat properly, otherwise, your “free” driveway boat storage could end up costing big.
2. In your garage.
A no-cost, indoor boat storage option that protects it from cold temperatures, rain, and snow. If your garage affords you the space, back that load in for the winter. Be sure to take precautionary measures against pests that may be looking for a warm place to make a home.
3. On a lift or docked.
This is only ideal for areas that don’t experience extreme freezing temps. It’s never a good idea to leave your boat in the water for extended periods, but this is convenient if you plan to use it frequently. There may be dockage fees associated.
4. Dry rack storage.
Where to store a boat and keep it high, dry, warm, and secure. Some full service marinas offer dry rack storage where your covered boat is stacked on a multi-tier rack with a forklift. Picture a mega-sized pantry of boats. The costs for this service can be steep, but it may be a worthwhile investment.
5. Self storage facility.
Local storage facilities sometimes offer space for large vehicles like RVs, trailers, and boats. If your neighborhood has restrictions and you’re not looking to spend a fortune, consider self storage. If it’s outside, be sure to keep it covered and check on it frequently.
Take care of your boat, especially when not in use, and it will last you for years to come!