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Smart Community Storage's Guide to Winterizing Your Boat

As winter’s frosty embrace brings the end of the boating season, it’s important to make sure your boat is properly prepared for storage. Smart Community Storage understands boat owners’ unique needs for these chillier months, so we wanted to share a few tips for safe, secure winterization.

1. Inspection and Clean-Up

Begin your boat’s winterization with a comprehensive inspection and cleaning. Our well-lit and spacious storage facility provides the ideal environment for a detailed examination. Inspect the hull, deck, and topsides for any signs of damage. Make sure to drain all compartments, live wells, the hull, etc. and leave out the plugs. Additionally, ensure you remove any dirt, debris, or grime from all surfaces.

2. Fuel System Preparation

Proper fuel system preparation is crucial for the safety of your boat during the winter. Add a fuel stabilizer to your tank to prevent fuel breakdown over the colder months. Running the engine ensures that the treated fuel circulates effectively throughout the system.

3. Engine Care Solutions

Additionally, change the oil and oil filter to protect your boat’s engine during the off-season.

4. Battery Maintenance

It is recommended to remove the battery during winter months and properly store it in a climate-controlled setting. 

5. Coolant System Preparation

Ensure the coolant system contains the right concentration of antifreeze to prevent freezing during a season of much cooler temperatures.

6. Interior Protection

Even though our facility prides itself on security, we recommend removing valuable items and electronics from the vessel to protect them when you are not regularly utilizing your boat.

7. Coverage

No matter which route you choose, you will want to have some sort of cover on your boat. Plastic boat covers are a cost-effective option. However, if you want to 100% ensure no moisture gets inside your boat, we recommend shrink wrapping it.

8. Pest Prevention

We maintain a clean and secure facility at Smart Community Storage. For additional peace of mind, consider placing pest repellents or traps within the boat to deter any unwanted visitors.

Why Smart Community Storage for Your Boat?

Flexible Boat Storage: Our facility is designed to cater to boats of all sizes. From personal watercraft to yachts, we provide ample space to accommodate your watercraft securely. Our facility layout ensures efficient and hassle-free access.

Unmatched Security: We place the highest premium on the safety and security of your boat., including 24/7 video surveillance and controlled access. Rest assured that your valuable investment is well-protected throughout the winter season.

Convenience and Accessibility: Smart Community Storage is committed to ensuring your experience is as seamless as possible. Our facility’s accessibility is designed to provide you with effortless, round-the-clock access to your boat. Whether you need to perform routine checks or prepare your vessel for the next adventure, we make sure the process is convenient and straightforward.

Winterize Your Boat with Smart Community Storage

Smart Community Storage is your dedicated partner in preserving cherished memories and safeguarding your valuable investments. It’s our priority that your watercraft is maintained in prime condition throughout the winter season.

Prepare your boat for the colder months with confidence at Smart Community Storage. Contact us today to experience the smart way to store your boat during the off-season.