Gary’s Boat Storage Tips

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a fan of boating. However, even the most devoted boaties still have to take a break from time to time. Whether you’re having a holiday or baby, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure you can head back on the water, as soon as your ready.

Choosing a storage spot

It is ideal to keep your boat in a locked up shed. This keeps it out of the elements and adds a layer of theft prevention.  Although it’s not idea, you can also store your vessel in a car port or even outdoors under a tarp.


Looking after your fuel and batteries

During long periods of unused storage, you should consider your fuel. It can go stale after prolonged periods of storage. I your boat is being kept outside, you can end up with water in your fuel. A fuel stabiliser and conditioner will help lengthen the life or your fuel. If you don’t do that, and you’re not putting in fresh fuel, an octane improver can boost the octane which may have broken down.

It is also important to look after your battery. Specialty chargers allow you to charge your battery on winter mode. This type of charger monitors voltage, slowly charging and discharging the battery as needed.


Theft Prevention

Gary highly recommends using a trailer hitch when you go away. You can purchase one with two settings, one that locks on when your trailer is on your car, and the other for when it’s on your boat.

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