It's still winter...BUT it is almost time to start planning and considering the best techniques for removing your boat/camper etc from storage.
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5 Top Storage Tips
1. BEGIN WITH GENERAL INSPECTION
The first step in removing your boat from the storage space is to complete some general inspection to ensure it remains in optimal condition. Analyze the screws, bolts, and other fittings to ensure they’re properly secured within the boat. You may also wish to examine the hull for cracks and blistering.
2. COMMIT TO PROFESSIONAL BOAT SERVICE WORK
While, as an experienced boater/camper, you might be able to check the boat/camper for signs of potential structural problems, it’s important to have your boat reviewed carefully by service professionals before taking it out on the water. The service team will complete a comprehensive check, which includes analyzing the fuel lines, cleaning the battery cables and checking your battery water levels. They will also test fuel tanks for signs of leakage.
3. STOCK UP ON SAFETY SUPPLIES
Now that your boat/camper and its components have been inspected carefully by service professionals, you can begin to prepare for a new season on the water by stocking up on all required safety supplies. Count the number of life jackets you have available and ensure there are enough for the use of all passengers for the coming year. You should also ensure the boat/campers fire extinguisher hasn’t expired over the winter months.
4. COMPLETE THE CLEANING PROCESS
During the winter months, the interior and exterior areas of your boat/camper might have gathered dirt and grime. You’ll likely have to take a day just to clean the boat/camper and make sure it’s in ideal condition for inviting passengers over the coming months. Cleaning work might include polishing hard surfaces and vinyl seating, vacuuming the interior and power-washing the windows and deck.
5. CAREFULLY TAKE YOUR BOAT ON THE WATER
You’re now ready to take your boat/camper out for the first time. But remember to keep a close eye on all system elements during the first voyage of the year. There might have been a small issue you’ve missed during the cleanup and maintenance process, and so you’ll need to be extra vigilant throughout this first trip.