Choosing the Right Winter Boat Storage Facility


As the cold months creep in, finding a home for your boat should be a top priority. The problem is that there are so many options to choose from. So, how do you find the right storage spot? Well, that’s where we come in!  

We're taking you on a deep dive into winter boat storage facilities. We'll explore all the must-have features, from the right location to top-notch security and all the bells and whistles in between. Let’s get started. 

Location and Convenience 

Location, location, location! You want a facility that's easy to get to, ideally close to where you live or launch your boat. That way, you can visit your boat easily and launch it quickly when the weather warms up. Plus, a facility close to the water means you won't have to tow your boat long distances, which can save you time, money, and stress.

Security Features 

A secure facility is an absolute necessity . Look for features like gated access, surveillance cameras, and on-site staff. A well-lit facility with secure fencing is also a good idea. It's all about creating a fortress around your vessel. 

To further enhance security, add an anti-theft device to your boat. It can help you track the vessel if it goes missing, sound an alarm to warn potential intruders and deter against theft.  

Check out our full guide on boat anti-theft systems.

Climate Control Options

A climate-controlled facility is a game-changer. It will manage the humidity to prevent moisture problems like mold, mildew, and rot. These facilities often have other features like dehumidifiers and air circulation systems to keep your boat bone-dry and happy.

A climate-controlled facility will also keep your boat at a constant temperature, thereby preventing temperature swings that can cause damage to materials like wood, fiberglass, and electronics.

Indoor storage will also protect your boat from weather elements that can damage its exterior.

Space and Accessibility

??When it comes to boat storage, size matters. You need a storage facility big enough to comfortably fit your boat, with plenty of room to move around and access it for any needed maintenance or repairs. Here are some tips to help choose a facility that is the right size:

  • Measure your boat. Length, width, and height are key. Don't forget to account for any protruding features, like antennas or outboard motors.
  • Consider the type of boat you have. A sailboat will have different storage needs than a powerboat.
  • Think about the equipment you need to store with the boat, like sails, life jackets, and other gear.
  • Finally, leave room for access.

Additional Amenities

Sometimes, it’s the extras that can make all the difference. Here are some common amenities that might be available at your storage facility: 

  • Electrical hookups
  • Maintenance and repair services
  • Indoor or covered storage (These options typically cost more, but the extra protection is worth it)

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