Self storage facilities that offer boat storage typically have one or more of these options available: indoor storage, covered parking, and outdoor boat storage. It’s important to understand the advantages of each type of boat storage, including level of convenience, protection from the elements, and affordability.
The most protective vehicle storage option available for boats is indoor storage. Drive-up storage units provide a space that functions like a garage, allowing you to back your boat into a storage unit on a trailer. Extra Space Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes, so you can easily find one that fits your storage needs. However, this option may only fit the needs of those with smaller watercraft.
With a roof to protect your boat from the sun and other elements, covered vehicle storage falls between indoor and outdoor storage options. It’s more affordable and offers a bit more space than an indoor storage unit, but it’s more protective than standard outdoor vehicle storage.
The most common self storage option for boats is outdoor storage. At a storage facility, this basically equates to parking your boat in an outdoor parking stall, giving you the most space available for larger boats.
Before putting your boat or jet ski into storage for the winter, it’s important to winterize them. We’ve compiled a list of important steps you should take in this winterization process, as well as some tips for putting a vehicle into a storage unit.
Extra Space Storage is the perfect solution to store boats and water vehicles of all sizes, including jet skis, skiffs, and small drifters. Options for storing boats and water vehicles include three different types of storage including indoor, outdoor and covered.
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If you’ve decided that indoor boat storage is the best option for you, the next step is to figure out what storage unit size you’ll need for your boat. Let’s take a look at the options below.
A self storage unit as small as 10×15 can be used for several types of smaller boats and other water vessels. Just be sure to measure the dimensions of your boat on a trailer, not just the boat itself.
Most boats that can be stored indoors will need a 10×20 or 10×30 storage unit to fit while on a trailer. Before picking a size, take the time to measure your boat on its trailer to see which size you’ll need. Keep your boat’s height in mind as well. Most storage units are about eight feet tall, which means that taller boats may need to be stored outdoors or in a covered parking space.
14 to 24-foot fishing boats
runabouts shorter than 24 feet
speed boats under 24 feet
wakeboard boats (with tower removed)
Outdoor and covered boat storage provide the flexibility of fitting any size boat. Covered vehicle storage has a few limitations, especially when it comes to height, but these options can usually accommodate boats that are too large to fit inside a storage unit. Outdoor boat storage is a great option for wakeboard boats with towers that may make them too tall while on a trailer to fit inside of a self storage unit.
If you live in an area of the country where the weather gets cold from October through April, it’s important to winterize your boat before putting it into long-term storage. This preparation can also apply to boat owners in warmer locations who plan to use outdoor boat storage for extended periods of time. By preparing your boat for storage, you can avoid damages to the boat’s internal or external components.
Whether your boat sails in freshwater or saltwater, you should always wash it before storing it. This gets rid of any salt or grime that could damage the paint. Be sure to wax and buff to protect the paint as well. If you have leather or carpet on the inside of the boat, give it a good cleaning to ensure stains don’t set while in long-term storage.
All fluids should be refreshed before storing your boat for the winter, especially fuel and oil. Don’t store your boat with anything less than a full tank, as this can allow air and moisture to get inside, which can damage your fuel system. Also, be sure to run antifreeze and a fuel stabilizer through your boat before storing.
If you’re storing a boat in outdoor or covered storage where it’s still susceptible to external temperatures, remove the battery. Batteries left in extreme heat or cold can be easily damaged. It’s best to take your boat’s battery out and bring it home with you where you can keep it charged until you pull your boat out of self storage.
A boat cover or slip isn’t as necessary for boats being stored in indoor storage; however, those stored in covered parking and outdoor storage should definitely have a boat cover or slip. This will protect your vessel from any precipitation, debris, and other issues that could ruin the paint, seats, carpeting, etc.
Learn More: How to Winterize Your Boat