Even if the Florida temperatures are nice enough for Orlando boat owners to take their boats out on the water year round, many boat owners choose to store their boats on land for several months to prevent them from being damaged over winter or during the hurricane season. If you are preparing your boat for long-term storage for the first time, the following advice may be useful.
Refer to Boat Manual
Although there are several general practices that one should carry out when preparing a boat for long-term storage, requirements and recommendations for boat storage do vary by model. For this reason, it is important that you use the manual that came with your boat as a guide.
Make Necessary Repairs
You should always have your boat inspected by a mechanic before storing it for several months. If damage is detected, arrange to have it repaired now rather than after you pick your boat up. Failure to do so may result in more complicated and expensive repairs.
Change Oil and Transmission Fluids
Before you store your boat, be sure to change the oil and transmission fluids. This allows for a clean storage period and reduces the amount of work required after you pick your boat up.
Clean Your Boat
Your boat should have a sparkling clean interior and exterior before storage. If your boat is dirty when you drop it off, you will have a serious mess to clean when you pick it up several months later.
Find a Storage Facility
The careful selection of a storage facility is important for ensuring that your boat is kept safe while stored. Look for a secure, reputable storage company that is located several miles inland and convenient to your home or the airport you will be landing at.
Are you looking for a safe place to store your boat during the Florida hurricane season or over the winter? Park, Bark and Fly is the ideal storage place for boat owners who leave town during the off-season, as it is conveniently located just 1.4 miles from MCO. To learn about our monthly rates, call (407) 855-5899.