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Store Your Boat During Colder Months

With the weather changing, trips on the water become fewer and farther between, and it’s time to store your boat for winter. During the boating season, it’s convenient to have your boat at home for those impromptu outings, but in the winter, consider storage units in Hillsboro, Oregon. Using Northwest Self Storage protects your boat from the elements, and it frees up room in your garage or driveway.

Preparing Your Boat for Winter Storage

Before your store your boat for winter, it’s important to prepare it properly. Winterizing your boat isn’t difficult, and it’s well worth the time. First, clean your boat and trailer thoroughly to remove all the dirt leftover from the season, so your boat will be shiny and clean when spring comes. Next, remove the boat’s drain plug and raise the bow above the stern. This will ensure any water drains out so you won’t have to worry about it freezing and cracking the hull.

Check the boat for any missing or damaged items. This lets you use those winter months to schedule repair work or buy replacement parts at your convenience, rather than rushing out in spring when you’d rather be on the water.

Remove the battery and clean the terminals with baking soda and water, then apply grease or petroleum jelly after drying. Fully charge the battery now and periodically throughout the winter. Check the spark plugs to see if they’ll need to be replaced in spring, but keep the old ones installed for winter storage. Finally, fill your motor completely with gas to prevent moisture buildup and add a fuel stabilizer to ensure it stays fresh until spring.

Why Northwest Storage Units in Hillsboro, Oregon?

Northwest Self Storage in Hillsboro, Oregon is specifically suited for boat and RV storage. Boat and RV storage comes in a variety of sizes and options; outdoor parking spaces range from 50 square feet (10×5) to 660 square feet (12×55). Our fully enclosed indoor RV and boat storage spaces range from 250 square feet (10×25) to 450 square feet (10×45); a large commercial inside space is also available. The facility is accessible 7 days a week and features 24-hour security monitoring. Northwest Self Storage units in Hillsboro, Oregon are a convenient, affordable option to keep your boat safe and secure all winter. Contact Northwest Self Storage in Hillsboro, Oregon today to find out about unit availability and rates for storing your boat this winter.

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Unique Self Storage Ideas: Create Your Own Wine Cellar

Do you love wine? Have you ever dreamed of having your very own wine cellar, but don’t have space? You don’t have to live in a big, fancy mansion to have access to a personal wine cellar. With climate controlled self storage units, you can maintain your own wine cellar to safely store and collect all your favorite bottles! Here are a few guidelines to get started.

A good rule of thumb is to store away bottles that you don’t intend to drink right away (within the next few weeks). Most wines have a peak time to enjoy it, so you can save it until it has aged perfectly. Generally, most good red wines will reap the most benefit from aging at around five years. After 10 years, all but the finest wines will begin to compromise in flavor. White wines with higher acidity and extract can also improve with some aging. Ask your wine dealer for specific guidance on how long to store particular wines.

It might be a good idea to create a spreadsheet or labeling system within your self storage wine cellar to help you keep track of the aging processes. You can also correlate your inventory with special occasions, so you’ll always know the perfect bottle to pop for an anniversary, birthday or holiday.

Climate is key to keeping your wine in peak condition. Heat above 70° F will start to spoil most wines. Aim for anywhere between 45° F and 65° F in your storage unit. Keep the lights off in your unit, as light can damage the delicate chemical balance in wines. A climate controlled storage unit is perfect for storing wine, as it will provide regulated temperature, darkness and consistent conditions.

When organizing your wines, it’s best to keep them on their sides to maximize space and keep the corks from drying out. You can catalogue them by varietal, year or alphabetically.

Northwest Self Storage has many convenient storage facilities in Vancouver that can be transformed into an ideal personal wine cellar. Cheers!