Steps to Take After Getting Your Boat Out of Winter Storage

boat out on the water

As winter gives way to spring, even in Florida’s mild climate, we can feel the change in the air, with the ocean breeze softening and temperatures slowly rising, signaling a time for new beginnings. For many of us in Florida, this seasonal shift means it’s time to take our boats out of their winter storage and ensure they are ready to sail on the next beautiful day.

Here are a few essential steps to ensure your boat is water-ready for the busy season ahead!

Thoroughly Inspect Your Boat

If you store your boat appropriately during the winter, you are less likely to worry about damage. However, it is always a good practice to examine all of the parts closely to ensure they are in good condition and determine if any additional maintenance is required. Inspect all the hoses, hinges, lights, and other components, and do not forget to check for corrosion around your electrical connections.

Get the Engine Ready

You don’t want to get on the water to find your engine sputtering or failing midway through an excursion. Double-check that your engine is functioning up to standard and perform routine maintenance. This will include changing the oil and filter, lubricating moving parts, and checking your fuel lines and spark plugs.

Clean and Restock

With a little spring cleaning before your first adventure, you can help preserve the value of your boat and make it safe and comfortable for the new season. Power-wash hard surfaces, vacuum, dust, and polish the interior and exterior. Then, ensure you’re fully stocked with quality safety equipment, such as life jackets, preservers, flares, and a working fire extinguisher.

It’s never too early to start thinking about the most viable options for off-season boat storage.

If you’re looking for an easy, cost-effective, and well-protected spot to store your boat, check out our covered and uncovered storage options at Sentry Mini-Storage! Our storage properties are outfitted with multiple elite security measures to protect your vehicle for as long as needed.

Call us today at (727)845-1529 learn more about our top-quality storage solutions in New Port Richey, FL.