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January 31, 2018
Once you’ve decided to prepare your boat for the season, the first step is get it out of storage and remove the cover. (Be sure to keep your boat in a secure facility that offers affordable rates, such as our options for boat storage in Baltimore and surrounding areas). Give your boat a visual check for any issues, such as cracks in the hull or loose rivets. You’ll need to repair these before use.
A thorough boat cleaning will include wiping down the interior and power washing the exterior. Select a soap that will be tough on dirt (and remove all salt water) but friendly to the environment. For most boats, a scrub brush with a long handle and medium-soft bristles will suffice. It’s important to do a thorough cleaning so take the time to scrub the entire boat completely. After washing, use absorbent towels to completely dry before applying wax. You can skip the wax if you prefer, but it will help give your boat a fresh shine and provide an extra layer of protection. Glass cleaner and sealants will keep your windows and chrome finish looking new. For cleaning the boat’s upholstery and vinyl, clean as you would at home.
Finally, after you are finished with your boat cleaning duties, replace anything you’ve removed for the off-season, such as seats and safety equipment, as well as the drain plug.
After completing your boat cleaning, it’s time to ensure everything is working properly. Start by checking the oil. It should be changed now if it wasn’t before you stored if for the winter. Check the oil in the outdrive as well, and change the oil filter.
Next, inspect your battery. Reattach cables and make sure terminals are not corroded. Use a battery tester to check the volts and amps.
Fill up and check your cooling system and fuel lines (which both should have been filled up at the end of the summer before finding boat storage in Washington, DC or surrounding areas.) Any evidence of softness, brittleness or cracking is a sign it may need replacement. Ensure there are no cracks in any of your belts, hoses or cables. You want your belts to fit snuggly around the pulley to prevent slipping.
In addition, it’s important to perform routine boat maintenance on:
With a clean boat that is cleared for safe usage with proper boat maintenance, it’s time to take it out on the water. Relax and make the most of the season, and remember to think ahead about where you’ll store your boat for the season. It’s important to find a facility that offers the space you need at a price you can afford, while maintaining high security standards.
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Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.
How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.
Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.
Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.
What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.
Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.
Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.