With summer fast fading, it’s time to think about storing your boat for the coming winter months. It doesn’t matter if you have a small fishing boat or something on a grander scale. The goal is to make sure that the boat is safe and will be easy to get ready when the time comes to start enjoying it again. Here are some tips that will help ensure the boat is properly stored and getting it ready for use next year will be a breeze.
Clean the Boat Inside and Out
Before you move the vessel into any type of boat storage in Winnipeg, a thorough cleaning is in order. That means paying attention to the inside as well as the hull.
Detailed cleaning gets rid of any residue that could cause problems while the boat is in storage. As you clean, any remaining food needs to be tossed. Not even a speck of dust should remain once you clean the interior. Wood or metal surfaces that you clean should be allowed to dry thoroughly so there is no buildup that could cause rust or warping while the boat is in storage.
The hull also needs to be scrubbed until there are no barnacles or any type of residue remaining. as with the interior, you want to leave the boat out of the water and in direct sunlight for several hours. Every square inch of the exterior must be completely dry before the boat is moved to the storage unit.
Remember that some residue may accumulate while the boat is towed to the storage facility. Give it another quick cleaning with dry cloths before you move it into the unit. Doing so ensure it’s completely clean and will hold up well in the airtight storage unit.
Inspect and Repair All Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
Your goal is to ensure the boat is in perfect working order before it goes into the Winnipeg self storage unit. Take the time to check the motor and ensure no parts need to be replaced. Any appliances in the galley should also be checked to ensure they are working properly before you shut down the power supply. This one tip will ensure that less time is needed to prepare the boat for use when warm weather returns.
Keep in mind that motors need to be cleaned just like the rest of the boat. Whether you have an outboard motor, a stem motor, a jet drive, or an inbound motor, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and general care. You’ll get more years of use from the motor and have one less chore to manage when you remove the boat from storage.
Changing the Fuel Filter
Once the motor is clean, invest in a new fuel filter. This will also save time when you are ready to retrieve the boat. Don’t forget to purchase and use a water separator too.
Some people will tell you that the tank needs to be emptied before storing the boat. In fact, it’s a good idea to fill the tank, leaving only enough room to add some type of fuel stabilizer. The stabilizer will keep the fuel fresh and prevent some of the damage that can occur from a bone-dry tank.
Preparing the Battery
Your battery needs to have a full charge before the boat goes into storage. Once the charge is complete, disconnect the cables starting with the one attached to the negative post. Make sure the posts are cleaned thoroughly and place the battery in a secure setting. Remember that on the floor of the storage unit is not a good idea. A small table that is sturdy enough to support the battery’s weight will do nicely. Keeping the battery away from the cold that filters through the floor will ensure most of the charge is still present when you connect it again.
If you’ve ever dealt with RV storage in Winnipeg, you’ll notice that the steps for taking care of the battery in your boat are similar. In both cases, the goal is to prevent the potential for damage to the battery or the cables during those months of storage.
Opting for a Climate Controlled Environment
You may think that climate control is not really necessary but spending a little extra to keep the boat at a constant temperature is a good idea. Units of this type do more than keep the temperature within a reasonable range. They also help reduce the amount of humidity the boat is subjected to during the storage period.
While it’s true that the boat is used in settings that are higher in humidity, the fact that the boat is in the open air during the summer months helps to offset some of the ill effects. That’s not the case when the boat is stored away. You’ll decrease the potential for little things like mold that could develop without control over the temperature and humidity.
Invest in a Cover
Even when you have secured a storage unit that comes with climate control, it makes sense to purchase a cover that will slip over the entire boat. Doing so will further protect the boat and also minimize any small amount of dust that may accumulate over the next few months. Make sure the cover is large enough to completely encase the boat as well as the flat bed trailer you used to haul the boat to the storage facility.
These are just a few of the ways you can prepare your boat for storage. Getting help from an expert will provide you with some additional ideas that apply directly to the type of boat you own. Remember that every precaution you make up front will make it all the easier to remove the boat from storage and have it ready to go back into the water when winter is over and you are ready for some fishing, swimming, and spending more time on the river or lake.