Boat Storage Near Boston, MA
The first question you’ll be confronted with when you think about boat storage is where it should be stored. If you have a really large boat, chances are it will have to be kept in the water, simply because most facilities will be too small to house the boat, so you won’t have much choice. If you have a small or moderate-sized boat, you’ll have a lot more options and you can choose which one of them best fits your circumstances.
You might be fortunate enough to have room in your garage or at a nearby barn, and that will probably be a very convenient option for you. Dry boat storage can take several forms though, and if you don’t have any facility in the immediate area where your boat can be stored, you may need to seek out a company that provides storage for your boat. These kinds of companies will be able to protect your boat from the harsh elements of winter, while also ensuring that you have access to your boat whenever you might need it.
When you store your boat with another company though, there are some things you need to be aware of. First of all, you’ll probably need to have proof of insurance and ownership, and you’ll more than likely have to at least make a deposit in order to leave your boat at their storage yard. Boats must generally have waste tanks emptied and the boats themselves must be washed before leaving them, or the boatyard may do the washing for a nominal fee. It goes without saying that your boat must be in reasonably good condition before it will be accepted for the offseason by any storage facility.
Winterizing your boat
In order to ensure that your boat is ready to go when spring returns, there are some preparation steps that you’ll need to tackle, so it can handle the long months of winter. Here are the steps involved in winterizing your boat:
- make sure that all water has been drained from the engine
- apply some kind of protection against corrosion to your engine
- if your owner’s manual calls for fogging, this should be addressed next
- install a fuel-stabilizing additive to your system and then run the engine for a while
- change the fuel filters in your engine
- drain all the freshwater plumbing systems on your boat
- put anti-freeze into your freshwater plumbing systems
- remove water from all other systems, including the bilge pump, livewells, and raw water washdowns
- remove all drain plugs
- cover the boat for protection against the elements.
As you might infer from the winterizing steps above, the biggest threat to your boat during winter is water. That’s because water will freeze at some point, and when it does, it will definitely cause some damage to your boat. That’s why the number one area to focus on in your winterization efforts is in removing all water from your boat.
Interested in storing your boat?
If you live anywhere in the area around Hull, Massachusetts, you may want to consider storing your boat with Goodwin Marine Services. We offer short-term storage as well as seasonal storage, and we do provide electricity and water when available so that owners can work on their boats as needed. There are certain requirements that we are obliged to implement, although any conscientious boat owner will not find them to be difficult to comply with. Contact us today about storing your boat during the offseason, so you’re ready to get back in the water when warm weather returns.