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Common Boat Storage Mistakes to Avoid

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Common Boat Storage Mistakes to Avoid

Boating season is the nicest time of the year for many people. However, all good things must eventually end, and before you know it, you’ll be thinking about putting away that beautiful vessel for a few months. You’ll need to get out the boat stands and other equipment, and if you can avoid these common mistakes, you’ll have an easier time.

1. Storing a Wet Vessel

Some vessel owners think that washing their boats is all they need to do, and they don’t make sure everything is dry before putting her away. Washing will remove salt water that can eat at your vessel, but a wet boat can attract mildew, mold, and other problems. Make sure it’s good and dry before storage.

2. Emptying the Tank

Before you think about putting her on the boat stands, it’s not a good idea to empty the fuel tank. An empty tank will attract condensation, and you could have a lot of moisture in the tank when you re-fill it. Instead, add a good fuel stabilizing product and fill the tank.

3. Using Cheap Boat Stands or Substitutes

One of the worst things you can do is store your vessel in an unstable way. Never use blocks with your stands and make sure to buy stands that are specifically made for your type of vessel. In other words, don’t try to use sailboat stands for a power boat and vice versa.

4. Storing a Large Vessel at Home

If you have a huge boat, you should consider taking it to a local marina for storage. They have the best storage areas, boat stands, and yard trailers. This makes your job simple and easy. When it’s time to get back on the water, you can call your marina, and they’ll have it ready for you when you get there with your trailer.

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