Boat Storage Revisited
There are very few activities more thrilling than boating. Everyone loves being out on the boat whether its for fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, or cruising. There is just something about being on the water that gives humans a sense of belonging. However, if you don’t store boats properly for the winter, you may be landlocked when spring comes around. Finding the right boat storage is as crucial as finding the best fishing spot. There are many types of boats, each one designed for a specific activity. There are fishing boats, speed boats, sailboats, paddle boats, power boats, canoes, and rafts. Fishing boats come in many different sizes. Some are as large as houses; others are small as a piece of lumber. The size you need depends on the size of the fish you are fishing for. A speed boat has a water skier attached to the back of it. If not, speed boats are just on a leisurely cruise. Sailors love being one with nature cutting through the choppy seas under wind power. Canoes and rafts are common on lakes and rivers. Canoes and rafts are the camper’s choice for a floatation device on a waterway. Whichever is your boat preference, seek proper boat storage in the off season. Before the temperature falls below freezing, it is important to prepare your boat properly so it can withstand the wintery climate. For power boats, if there is water inside your engine or gear case, the result can be a cracked block and an expensive repair bill. Water left in a boat, canoe, or raft will freeze and crack the haul and may cause severe permanent damage. Once contracted, rust spreads like an incurable disease. Corrosion can establish a foothold on you boat’s metal components if the boat is not stored properly. Use corrosion inhibitors on both internal and external metal parts before you craft goes into boat storage. If your power boat or speed boat has an outboard motor, prepare the engine before it goes into boat storage for the winter. Always refer to the owner’s manual, but here are a few universal steps from my owner’s manual: • Flush outboard motors with freshwater • Empty fuel lines and carburetors • Fog the carburetor intake • Drain cooling passage • Fog the cylinders • Lubricate linkages and the electric starter motor • Drain and refill gear case • Touch up damaged paint • Stabilize the fuel • Clean and liberally lubricate propeller shaft • Put away in boat storage You don’t have to be a certified boat mechanic to winterize a boat. Usually owner’s manuals provide step by step information. Of course, the internet has many website focused on boat storage and boat care. They are easy to find. Boat storage is not limited to boat protection; your neighbors will love you for it. If you store your huge fishing boat in your front yard or driveway, the neighbor is forced to look at it for about 7 months. Boats are pretty in the water, on land they are an eyesore. Plus, many home owner associations ban boat owners for home boat storage, so plan on storing your boat at a storage unit . By: Self-Storage-Owner
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