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Boat Storage - 10 Things You Should Know!

Joel Belanger

Boat Storage - 10 Things You Need To Know

Owning a boat is so much fun for the entire family. Spending a day in the sunshine, gazing out over the blue waters can be both relaxing and exhilarating. Getting out on the water relieves the stress of life. It can be a great way to slow down and enjoy time with the ones you love. Whether you are fishing, sightseeing or just enjoying a relaxing afternoon you know how much fun life is in a boat.

Life keeps us all pretty busy, however. There are often times when we need to store our boats for weeks or even months at a time. Storing a boat isn’t necessarily as simple as it seems. Improperly storing your boat can lead to expensive maintenance issues and repairs down the road. There’s a lot to consider when you are looking for a dry boat storage facility here in Alabama.

A boat is a significant investment and you want to make sure that it's protected and ready for you to take out on your next nautical adventure. Here are 10 things you’ll want to keep in mind when selecting a storage option.

Storing your boat at home can be convenient, and some people are lucky enough to have the proper space to do this. Most people don’t. Remember that keeping your boat at home can come with a host of problems. If you park it on the street, you're likely to run into issues with your neighbors or HOA.

Long-term parking on a street may not even be legal where you live. Even if you have some land to store your boat, you’ll find that this is not the best way to protect your investment. Weather, dirt, bugs, pests, and thieves all pose a danger to your boat. A professional dry storage solution is the absolute best way to keep your boat when you aren’t using it. So how do you choose a storage facility?

Here are 10 tips that will help you make the best choice.

#1 Climate Controlled Boat Storage

Climate-controlled boat storage helps maintain and extend the life of your investment. The weather here in the Mobile area can be pretty unpredictable. From hurricanes to hail, we’ve got it all. Even when it's nice out, that hot sun beating down on your boat can do some real damage over the long term. The best type of storage is completely enclosed and climate-controlled.

#2 Security

Look for a secure, access-controlled storage facility. Theft and vandalism are always a risk. Even if it’s tough for thieves to drive off with your entire boat, there are components inside that make for an attractive target. A good facility has a high-security fence, a controlled access gate, and 24 hour a day video surveillance.

#3 Ease of Storage

Wide driveways and full paving of the facility make getting in and out easy. Even for experienced drivers, it is never easy maneuvering a trailer with a boat on it. If a facility has narrow driveways or maze-like access roads, there’s a higher chance of an accident and at the very least, parking that boat is going to be a pain. Make sure your storage facility has nice wide driveways and is fully paved to make getting in and out a breeze.

#4 Ease of Access

Make sure you can access your boat whenever you need to. These days, we are busy nearly constantly. No matter how much we love them, work and family can be really demanding, which is why we look forward to those days out on the water! A good storage facility will allow for 24 hour-a-day access 365 days a year, while still maintaining tight security.

#5 Access to a Boat Washing Station

Wash your boat before storing it. Mobile Bay is beautiful, and who doesn’t love getting out on those shining blue seas? However, that salt water is harsh, so when you store your boat, you are going to want to give it a good wash. Having a washing station makes this a breeze.

#6 Access to a Battery Tender

Take care of your boat’s battery. Just like your car, a marine battery should not be allowed to completely run down to empty. Even if you can recharge it to start it, this is a sure way for your battery not to last very long. Maintaining proper voltage is essential, so hooking your battery to a tender is what you’ll want to do. In order to do this you need electrical service in your storage unit, so make sure that’s available at whichever facility you choose.

#7 Location

Consider the location and convenience of your storage facility. Easy access to major roads and the interstate makes getting to and from the water easy. Some storage facilities, like Titan Storage, plan their facilities to be easily accessible and convenient to get to and from.

#8 Online Services

It should be easy to pay bills and manage your account online. These days, you need to be able to pay your bills and view your account whenever it's convenient for you. No one likes to sit on the phone or track down a manager to answer questions or address problems. Make sure to look for a storage facility that has a website or app that allows you to handle your account.

#9 Unit Size

It’s important to check whether or not the facility you are interested in has units large enough to store your boat. The length of a boat is not the only dimensions you will need to consider. The height of the vessel on the trailer will make any unit with a door shorter than 14’ unusable regardless of the length. The tongue of the trailer and any outboard motors will also add to the overall length. Here at Titan Storage our units are 15’x50’, with a 12’x14’ door, making them large enough to hold anything that is street legal without requiring a permit or special license.

#10 Expertise in Boat Storage

Make sure your boat storage facility is knowledgeable and specializes in boat and RV storage. TitanStorage.com has a ton of great tips and ideas on how to prepare your boat for storage. They specialize in Boat and RV storage, so their facility has everything you need to keep your boat safe and secure when you aren’t using it.

If you are looking for a boat storage facility that meets every one of these 10 important needs, check out Titan Storage, with a location in Spanish Fort and a future site in Fairhope - both just minutes away from downtown Mobile. They have your Alabama boat storage needs completely covered! Visit our website at TitanStorage.com to learn more about your rental options, find great tips on boat storage, and complete your rental online.