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Preparing a Boat for Winter Storage

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Boat StoragePortable metal carports are a great way to protect your car or boat from bad weather, especially snowstorms. Most metal carports are very easy to assemble and less expensive than renting space on a vehicle storage lot.

Portable Garages vs. Paid Shelter

A 12'W x 20'L x 7'H metal carport retails for about $1800.00; by most accounts, the price for storing a vehicle runs from about $100 to $150.00 per month. Twelve months after purchasing metal carport-consumers will be saving themselves money. This specific carport is made out of 29 Gauge Steel, with an 80,000-PSI yield strength minimum. This metal covering will protect your vintage car or boat from rain, sleet, snow and or excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Boat StorageMost metal carports are multi-functional pieces of equipment. In addition to providing shelter for boats and other vehicles, they can be used to hold small dinner parties, house food tables, and bars at social events and even for elaborate picnics. They are safe, secure, and easy to assemble as they are to disassemble, and best of all, consumers will see a relatively quick return on their investment.

Before Using a Boat Shelter

Prior to placing a boat, either motor boat or even a small sail boat into storage for the winter months, it is essential that the boat be thoroughly cleaned and checked for any cracks, leaks, or defective equipment. Additionally, the boat needs to be completely free from any salt water, toxins, or other deleterious chemicals.

Once the outside of the boat has been cleaned, then the insides need to be inspected and covered with a strong all-weather tarp. Over the course of a three month New England winter, all types of boats need to be shielded from torrential rains, extreme colds, and excessive snow fall. Dry docking, buying a shelter, and renting a slip in a protected marina are just a few of the options.

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