Chances are, if you have a boat, you need affordable boat storage. At Store Space, we offer a wide range of storage solutions for watercraft of all types, from paddleboards that will fit in an indoor storage unit to a large pleasure boat, and many in between.
Easy, Affordable Boat Storage
We offer easy and affordable storage options for many boats and personal watercraft. Our storage rates and valuable move-in promotions are posted on our store pages, along with our available storage options.
When you find the watercraft storage solution to suit your needs, complete your rental online to move in on your schedule. And with our month-to-month Rental Agreements, you can keep your boat in storage for as long as you need, without the worry of a long-term contract.
Below, we’ll list the types of boat storage available, storage facility amenities, plus some bonus tips for storing your boat.
Reasons to Store Your Boat
There are plenty of reasons to look for boat storage, the most obvious of which is that you want an easily accessible place to store your boat during the off-season. But there are other reasons, too. Here are the five top reasons people seek storage for their boats.
Many people need year-round storage because it represents a cost-effective storage option. Keeping your boat moored at the local marina can be very expensive and assumes that you plan on using that body of water exclusively. Moreover, you might still need to make arrangements to take the boat out of the water during the winter, depending on the local climate.
Storing a boat in your driveway in front of your house can often violate city ordinances or at minimum get you in trouble with the HOA or your neighbors.
Having your boat at a facility closer to your home has many advantages. Plus, it’s easier to depart from a storage facility, especially if it’s on the outskirts of town and/or has easy freeway access.
Space is a consideration whether you’re in a house or apartment. If you live in an apartment, you probably don’t want your paddleboard taking up half your living room all the time. Or maybe you don’t want your fishing boat to take up half of your driveway or garage all year.
Whatever the reason for storing your watercraft, Store Space facilities have multiple options for storing all manner of watercraft, from canoes and kayaks to jet-skis, small fishing boats, up to larger powered boats.
5) Thoughtful Features
Besides freeing up space at your home, confidence is an important benefit of utilizing a storage facility. Most properties are fully fenced. Gate access is restricted, requiring a PIN code. Video cameras watch the grounds 24/7. Plus, we offer extended gate access hours, 7 days a week.
Types of Boat Storage
For anything but the smallest boats or watercraft, outdoor storage is the best choice. Dropping off your boat or watercraft is easy since most storage facilities are constructed with large gates and wide driveways to facilitate trucks and trailers.
Outdoor Boat Storage Options
The most common type of boat storage you’ll find at storage facilities is outdoor storage. Outdoor parking spaces are typically situated in a gated and fenced area. Depending on the facility, these boat trailer parking spaces are usually 10 feet wide and can be up to 40 ft in length.
Make sure to take the length of your trailer into account when arranging for storage space. Trailers typically add approximately 2 to 4 feet to the overall length of the boat. Don’t forget about your dive platform, either!
Covered Boat Storage
Most covered boat storage is in the form of a ramada (a roof without walls). The benefit of a ramada is added protection from the sun (UV rays can damage fiberglass, for example), as well as hail, rain and snow.
Guidelines for Small Craft Storage – Jet Skis, Canoes, Kayaks, etc.
There are a number of small watercraft that can fit in a storage unit. Storage units are a great option for freeing up room in your garage, or to protect your craft from the elements when you’re not using it on the lake or river. There may be restrictions at specific locations, plus you should always read your Rental Agreement for additional details.
1) Bass Boat Storage
Many small fishing boats are under 20 ft. in length, making them ideal for a 10x20 drive-up storage unit. If your boat is 20 ft., a drive-up unit of 10x25 or 10x30 would be acceptable. Remember, your trailer adds 2 to 4 ft. to the overall length. Follow our tips for boat storage below.
2) Jet Ski Storage
Most jet skis are about 10 feet long and a trailer can add another 2 to 4 ft., meaning a 10x15 or larger storage unit should suffice. Follow the winterization steps in your owner’s manual to winterize jet skis.
3) Canoe and Kayak Storage
Indoor storage for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards is preferred since exposure to weather and UV rays can be harmful over time. Storing them on the ground or propped up in a corner is not recommended; make sure to build or purchase suitable supports to protect your investment for all of your future adventures.
How to Prepare Your Boat for Storage
If you’re going to be storing your boat for any length of time, you’ll want to take steps to protect your investment from the elements. While summer storage might be as simple as making sure your boat is dry and clean before covering, off-season storage requires specific preparation.
- Make sure the titles and registrations are up to date for both the trailer and the boat.
- Check to ensure the wheels on your trailer are inflated and in good shape
- Drain as much gas as possible from the engine.
Whether you’re storing outdoors or indoors, it’s important to have a boat cover. This will help keep your boat or watercraft protected from the elements, as well as prying eyes.
How to Winterize Your Boat
Winterizing your boat is especially important if you plan to have your craft out of the water for any length of time.
Water poses the biggest danger when your boat is in storage. Between freezing, mold/mildew growth and corrosion, water can cause issues with many different systems on your boat.
Because of this, it’s important to follow your owner’s manual or a vehicle winterization guide to properly winterize your boat.
Some of the important takeaways for winterizing your boat:
- Drain all water
- Add corrosion protection to the engine
- Add antifreeze to the plumbing system
- Remove all drain plugs
- Cover your boat
Rent Boat Storage
Now that you know more about your boat storage options, it’s time to take action. Check out the Store Space facilities near you to see our boat storage options online, stop by a local facility or call us at 833-786-7366 to talk to one of our storage professionals.