For boating enthusiasts, winter is the worst time of the year. It’s too cold to spend time on the water, and you’re left having to figure out the best and most cost-friendly way to store your prized watercraft for the next few months. Fear not, we’re here to help.
Wet Storage or Dry Storage?
This question isn’t applicable everywhere. If you’re boating up north where winter includes thick ice and deep freezes, you won’t be leaving your boat afloat all year round. However, in more temperate climates, it is possible to winterize your boat and leave it ready and waiting at the dock. This option offers one advantage no other option can match; immediate availability at the start of next season. But the negatives outweigh the convenience here. Consider that docking fees are typically charged as a daily rate and vary based on factors like boat size, location and dock length. You’ll effectively be paying daily to store a boat you can’t use. Plus, you’ll be leaving your boat exposed to the elements; sunlight, weather, rough water and barnacles. Just the constant water exposure alone can cause your boat to blister as water seeps into the fiberglass laminate. This leaves you with repair bills and could negate the availability mentioned previously, as your boat finds itself in for repairs rather than out on the water. Finally, a docked boat relies on the security of a third party in an already on the water and therefore easier to steal situation.
What about a storage facility?
Indoor storage is the best option, but it could cost you a small fortune to rent a space. Boat storage facilities can offer security measures, easy access and ample space to accommodate craft of most any size, though the combination of features varies by facility and price. On average, you can expect to spend several thousand dollars for a single season of storage.
Sure, you’ll definitely save money this way, that is if your neighborhood allows you to do it. Outdoor storage on your own property is free. The other options certainly can’t offer that. But, all the money you save may just end up being used to cover repairs caused by leaving your boat exposed to the elements; snow, sleet, hail, wind, freezing rain and local wildlife. Most tarps only cover the top half of your boat, leaving the underside fully exposed. Plus, tarps often freeze over, causing tears and leaks that expose the rest of your boat to weather and animals. Rodents and stray cats looking for warmth would love to chew into those soft, warm padded seats and make a new home. Consider too that constant sunlight exposure can fade and damage paint.
What about my Garage?
Sure, if it will fit. This solution is again free, provided that you have a garage, and eliminates a lot of issues associated with outdoor storage. Pests can still be an issue, though in an indoor setting, a much more manageable one. The concerns with garage storage are typically related to space. A lot of garages don’t have enough of it to store a boat along with everything that was already being stored there.
So, indoor storage is the best option, but third parties often charge a lot, and most home garages are limited on space. What do you do? A prefabricated steel building could be your perfect solution. They’re cost effective, flexible to size needs, fully weather protected, secure and quick to assemble. Steel buildings offer all the positives of pricey indoor storage with the low costs and convenience of home storage. So, give us a call today and find out why a steel building will work for you.