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Preparing Your Boat for Storage

temporary boat storageLet's face it, a boat is a pretty big investment. And like any investment, you want to make sure it's protected.

Renting storage space or putting your boat in dry dock can get expensive fast.

That's why a portable shelter can be the perfect solution. These shelters can work as a short-term storage option, especially during the summer season, when storms are plentiful.

So what should you do when prepping your boat for time in storage?

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It sounds basic, but it's still a good rule: Check your owner's manual and/or boat manufacturer's website before taking your boat out of the water for an extended period of time.

Once you get the boat out of the water, remove the bilge drain right away. Then scrub the boat's hull and deck. This will help remove any mud or slime from drying and sticking to the boat during storage. And keep an eye out and remove any barnacles from the hull.

After you do all that cleaning, leave a little time for air drying, if possible. This will reduce the chance of mold or mildew forming in corners or crevices of the boat. If the boat has a refrigerator or cooler, that should be emptied and cleaned. Also check for anything that could spoil while the boat is in storage.

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As you can see, prepping your boat for storage takes some work. That's where Carport Depot can make a boat owner's life a little easier. These portable shelters are made from galvanized or powder-coated steel. You can keep your boat sheltered in the summer then safely store it during the winter.

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