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Boat Storing Tips

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You’ve had a great season with your boat. Alas, the weather is changing and it’s time to put it away for the winter. Use the following self storage tips as a guide to help you with organizing the preparation process.

How to Winterize Your Vessel

When it comes to successful boat storage, preventative measures taken now will make you happier next spring. Give the interior and exterior a good cleaning. Remove valuables, such as electronics that would be safer and fare better kept with you at home. Don’t forget the engine. Along with performing routine maintenance such as an oil change, be sure to add a fuel stabilizer. This will keep any water in the fuel from causing motor damage. For additional protection against freezing temperatures, consider flushing the engine with nontoxic antifreeze. Don’t put off winterizing your boat until the first freeze. Instead, do it as soon as you’ve made your last run of the season. Once the engine is prepped, move on to the cover. Look at it closely, inspecting for small tears or rips that could grow and leave your boat vulnerable to winter wind and rain. To prevent new cover damage, use one of the favorite tricks of experienced boaters: old towels. Cover sharp windscreen corners, pointed antennas and other hard surfaces that come in contact with the cover. If your vessel has a head, be sure to clean out and stabilize water lines.

Safe and Secure Dry Storage

Just because your boat is out of sight in storage, it should not be out of mind all winter. It’s a good idea to stop in to give it a visual inspection at least once during the offseason. Rely on your neighborhood Cardinal Self Storage location to make it easy! With options in Chapel Hill, Durham, Graham, Raleigh and Burlington, we have a facility near you. Call us at 919-786-4525. We can also help you with storage rental and organizing your unit.

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