Five Boat Storage Options

When it comes to storing your boat, you have several options. The one you choose depends on several factors, including your location, the reason for storing, and your budget. The following guide can help you choose the best storage option for you:

#1: Outside home storage

This is the most budget-friendly option for boat owners that have the outdoor space and no constraints, such as from an HOA, on using it. The boat should be stored on a hard surface, such as a driveway. You don't want dirt and debris to splash up on it, which could happen if you parked it in the yard. A tight-fitting boat cover is also a must to keep the cockpit protected and clean. For long-term or winter storage, make sure the engine is properly winterized and that all covered surfaces are dry.

#2: Indoor boat storage

If you have the budget and space, building a garage large enough to house your boat can provide the perfect storage solution. You will simply back boat and trailer into the garage, dry down all surfaces to prevent mildew, and then cover the boat to protect from dust. If you are storing over winter, particularly if the garage isn't heated, you will need to winterize to prevent freeze damage.

#3: Wet docking

Simply rent space at a marina to keep your boat docked. This is best suited for bodies of water that don't freeze completely during the winter months, or for storage between uses in the boating season. For example, if you are an avid summer and fall fisherman, a wet dock makes sense (at least in the summer and fall) so you can get out on the water more quickly.

#4: Dry rack storage

For those wanting an effortless storage method, dry rack may be the way to go. You drop your boat off at the facility, where they clean and winterize it, if necessary. They then place it on a rack system in their internal storage garage. This can be for a short period or an entire season. The facility is usually near the water, so some even have launch services so that your boat is already afloat and waiting for you when you need it.

#5: Outdoor storage facility

Another budget option is the outdoor storage facility. This is much like storing your boat outside at your home, except you have the additional benefit of onsite security. Some facilities may also offer cleaning or winterization services, especially if they specialize in boats.

For more help, contact a company like Acorn Self Service Storage.