6 Useful Boat Storage Tips

Boat Storage Tips

As much as it pains us to say, boat storage is usually a long term affair. Sure, we would all love to be on the water every weekend. But family commitments, work, and weather often work together to keep us off the water. As a result, your pride and joy might find itself landlocked for a few weeks at a time. Not to worry though – with these boat storage tips, you can ensure your next trip is a smooth one. Storing your boat correctly keeps it in great condition, and prevents wear and tear. Here are some of our best boat storage tips!

Whether outdoors or undercover, removing bungs is one of the most important boat storage tips

If you leave your boat outdoors, it’s almost certain to get water in it. In fact, that often seems to be the case even when it’s stored undercover. A combination of rain, fuel, bilge, and water leftover from cleaning sits idle in the hulls of many boats. Needless to say, that’s far from ideal! It’s an easy fix though: simply remove the bungs from your boat before you store it. This allows your hull to dry out, and prevents any corrosion or stagnation. Don’t forget to put the bungs back in before your next trip though!

If boat storage is an outdoor affair for you, a great tip is to buy a waterproof boat cover

Boats don’t exactly fit in every garage. So if you’re one of the many who store their boats outdoors, you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep rain out. The first is removing the bungs as above. And the second precaution to take is a waterproof cover. Waterproof covers protect your decking and any timber in your boat from rot. Even if the bungs are out, frequent rain can be enough to cause rot in old ply flooring. That’s why a waterproof cover is an ideal boat storage tool.

Security tips are important when it comes to boat storage: always remove valuables from your boat

Security is one of the first things we think of when we park our cars on the street. Everything is locked, and valuables are concealed from sight. But what about boat security? Things like sounders, GPSs, fishing gear, and safety equipment are all expensive to buy. That means they appeal to would-be thieves. Before putting your boat into storage, we suggest bringing those valuable items inside with you. After all, boats aren’t exactly as secure as cars.

Make sure electrical components aren’t exposed before you put your boat into storage

If you remove GPSs and sounders from your boat before its storage, there may be exposed plugs. If you’re storing your boat for a while, leaving them exposed can cause problems. Things like dust and water can disturb the connection within those plugs. As a result, we suggest covering them. If they don’t come with covers, some improvisation may be necessary. One option is to cover the plugs with some cling film. That will keep them protected from water and dust for a while.

Everyone washes their boat after use, but a great tip is to wash it frequently in storage too

We all know that washing off salt water is vital. So before storing boats, even for a little while, that’s what most of us do. But what about when they’re in storage? When your boat’s in storage, it’s always a good idea to clean it every month or so. That ensures that any leftover salt, or accumulated dust doesn’t have time to settle and cause problems for you.

If your boat is in storage for a while, it’s worth turning over the engine sometimes – here’s why

Finally, one of our most important boat storage tips: don’t neglect your outboard! Outboards need to be turned over frequently if possible. One reason why is the impellor. Impellors are off-camber in most outboards, so if they’re left for a while they can harden and crack. Turning over your engine will distribute the strain more evenly, and keep the rubber in good condition.

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