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.