You can feel it in the air as you cruise Wolfsnare Creek over to Broad Bay. Out on the open water, it’s unmistakable. That chill on the wind means fall is almost here, so it’s time to start thinking about getting Virginia Beach boats ready for secure storage units and safe winter hibernation.
One Last Cruise
A healthy boat weathers storage better than one that needs repair, so make your last run across the bay a checkup cruise, and get ready for a little prep work when you dock. Start off with an oil and filter change, and drain the engine’s cooling system. If your boat’s system is closed, fill it with an antifreeze and water mixture. Drain and refill the fuel tank, but be sure to add a fuel stabilizer. Disconnect the battery, and clean terminals with an anti-corrosion solution. It’s a lot of work, but the routine makes sure your boat will be ready to run come spring.
After the Mechanics
The best storage facilities around Virginia Beach won’t keep your boat fresh through the winter if you don’t make sure it’s clean. Once the mechanical chores are finished, wash everything down from bow to stern. Never assume that there isn’t a leftover sandwich in the galley’s refrigerator, and don’t guess that seat cushions aren’t hiding scraps of dirty line. Before you head out to the self-storage unit, protect your now-sparkling boat with a snug cover. You don’t want road debris and overhead birds to undo all that hard work.
Home for the Winter
The boat cover is a must if you decide on outdoor storage, but Self Storage Service facilities also offer indoor units for everything from flat skimmers to ski boats. If you go with an indoor option, remove the cover and open up hatches for plenty of air circulation. Make a note of dates for tag and insurance renewals, and then it’s time to say goodbye. High-tech security systems will keep your boat safe, and you can visit anytime with 24/7 keypad access.
Whether you’re parking a bass boat, bow rider or cabin cruiser, Self Storage Services in Virginia Beach offers more than a dozen different indoor and outdoor unit sizes. Reserve your space online, drop by, or just give us a call. Your boat deserves the best winter home in Neptune City, and we’re here for you with safe self storage harbors year-round.