Pineland Marina offers inside and outside Dry Stack Slips for monthly or annual storage of your boat. Indoor, out of the harsh Florida weather storage provides a great means of protection for your boating investment.
The best way to keep your boat in good condition through harsh conditions is storing it in a self storage facility. Various parts of the exterior can be affected by weather, such as paint, varnish and gel coat damage from sleet and hail, as well as damage to covers and biminis. Before storing your boat for the winter, the bottom should be thoroughly cleaned as soon as it is removed from the water. Inspect valves used for waste disposal and the propeller for pitting, corrosion and fitting. Remove any food or drink from the boat, particularly jars and bottles that could freeze and burst. If there are any handheld devices, such as VHF radios, GPSs or torches on board, remove the batteries to prevent possible leakage. The best method for winterizing the water system is removing the water tanks feed hose and inserting it into a bucket of non-toxic antifreeze. Engine winterizing involves a little more than running antifreeze through the entire system.
If you are unlikely to visit your boat while it’s in a self storage unit, take its batteries home with you and store them in a warm, dry place. Any canvas you may have, such as exterior cushion covers or biminis, should be checked for damage and restored if necessary. Lake Hills RV & Boat Storage offers outside, covered, and totally enclosed storage solutions for your recreational vehicle. With a range of unit sizes and options, Lake Hills RV & Boat Storage offers boat storage solutions for the Highland Lakes area. We designed our facility to accommodate large recreational vehicles, trailers, horse trailers, box trucks, and boat trailers.
Lake Hills RV & Boat Storage offers outside, covered, and enclosed storage solutions for boats. Our facility offers several storage solutions for motorhomes, fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, popup trailers, and slide-in campers. Serving the following communities in the Highland Lakes Area: Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Meadowlakes, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, Burnet, Spicewood and Austin.
When you return, ramp out, drive through our flush station, return the boat and trailer to the fenced lot and be on your way.
Those are good reasons, to be sure, but they aren't the only considerations when you choose a boatyard for winter storage.The photo of this boat was taken after it had fallen over and been reblocked. Storing your boat at a self storage unit ensures that it retains value and minimizes maintenance concerns. It’s easier to clean off any marine growth when the underside of the hull is still wet.

If the propeller is mounted on a propeller shaft that enters the boat, then the cutlass bearing should be checked for wear.
Switch on the boat’s domestic water pump and turn on each tap, including the shower head to ensure the antifreeze fully circulated. You will reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle by eliminating the need to tow your boat for long distances. If propane is used for cooking, check the expiration dates on the cylinders, gas certificate and fire extinguishers.
Located in Marble Falls, Texas, Lake Hills RV & Boat Storage provides self storage for business goods and household items and has several storage unit sizes ranging from 10?x12? to 12?x52?. Placing the stands close together at the center of the hull won't provide adequate support. Once the bottom is clean, inspect it carefully for any damage such as gel coat blistering and corrosion. Waste holding tanks should be rinsed out before winterizing and antifreeze must be introduced via the intake hoses. According to the surveyor's report, the jackstands were not chained together prior to the fall.Consider the 43-foot powerboat that was blocked ashore for the winter in North Carolina.
A severe osmosis problem should be referred to a professional boatyard for a thorough inspection and assessment. It toppled over one blustery, wet night when one of the jackstands supporting the hull sank into the mud. Other boats have toppled over because jackstands were badly rusted or because there were too few to provide adequate support. These sorts of accidents aren't unusual; one expert estimates that almost as many boat hulls are damaged by mishandling ashore as are damaged by accidents in the water. Some of the boats, such as the one in North Carolina, were damaged suddenly because they weren't blocked correctly or were dropped from a Travelift.
Many other boats are damaged slowly because they're stored, year after year, without sufficient support beneath the hull. When a hull becomes even slightly distorted, it causes problems ranging from poor engine alignment to broken stringers, even impaired performance underway.
While sudden accidents a€” dropped boats a€” are covered by insurance, losses that occur slowly as a result of "wear and tear" are not insured.Jackstands don't last forever, especially around saltwater. Had the boat been supported by three jackstands per side, not two, the accident probably would not have occurred.The most reliable support is provided by a custom-made cradle, which is designed specifically to support critical areas of a boat a€” its engines, bulkheads, and keel. In other words, don't store your boat on a cradle that was built for a different model boat.
Steel cradles are best, but wood cradles will also do the job if they have been inspected for deteriorated wood and corroded fastenings. Shipping cradles are probably OK but most will require some modification to improve lateral support before they can be used for prolonged storage.Despite the advantages, storing empty cradles during the boating season is often a problem at many crowded boatyards, which rely instead on a combination of screw-type jackstands and timbers to support hulls. Most boatyards do a competent job of positioning the supports, but it never hurts to discuss technique with the yard manager before the boat is hauled.Jackstand pads should be positioned against the hull so that the boata€™s weight is directed down toward the ground.

Even if the stands are aligned perfectly, safety chains must be used to prevent them from slipping out from under the hull.
Jackstands should be placed as far out from the boat as practical to support the boat in high winds, with at least three per side for boats longer than 26 feet and additional supports at long overhangs. Plywood should be placed under each base to prevent it from sinking into mud, sand, or even asphalt. Even when stands rest on clay that seems brick hard, they can be loosened by heavy spring rains, shift, and spill the boat.While jackstands must be placed properly to prevent the boat from falling over, the boat's weight typically rests on its keel. Some boats have specific requirements for support of the keel, but at least one manufacturer warns against putting weight on the keel.
If the marina manager isna€™t familiar with your boat, check your manual or contact the manufacturer.Keels must be supported by wide, thick timbers a€” the wider the better to distribute the load. On powerboats, additional support is usually recommended for inboard engines, fuel tanks, and heavy machinery. With outboard and outdrive boats, weight should be taken off the transom by lowering the drive units onto a block.
After the boat is blocked, sight along the hull and keel to make sure the jackstands arena€™t depressing the hull. There were too few supports along the chine.Never secure the boat's winter cover to the jackstands or support blocks. There are many accounts in the claim files of boats that fell over after stiff winds filled the covers and yanked the supports from under the boats. Poorly supported covers accumulate snow and water, which add considerable weight to the boat. Scuppers and drains should also be left open for the same reason a€” to channel water from the decks and cockpit.Storage Racks And TrailersAn increasing number of boats are being stored ashore on dry storage racks.
These racks are designed to support "typical" boat hulls, but can't always be adjusted to support unusual or atypical designs. If you have doubts about the support provided by a rack, consult a marine surveyor or consider an alternative winter location such as a trailer, which has adjustable rollers and pads to support critical areas. Trailers are designed to support these boats when the wind is on the bow but are rarely wide enough to provide adequate protection for deep-draft boats (typically, racing sailboats) when strong winds are on the beam. To provide additional lateral support, use extra jackstands along the hull and unstep the mast to reduce windage. Centerboard boats probably will be OK on a trailer, especially if they are secured to the trailer's frame and the mast is unstepped.A Bob Adriance has written more than 500 articles for Seaworthy, the quarterly BoatUS Marine Insurance damage-avoidance e-newsletter, educating boaters to avoid accidents. Seaworthy is sent free to BoatUS insurance policyholders; paper subscriptions are $10 a year.

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