Get Your Boat Ready for Summer

Preparing your boat for use this summer

Preparing your boat for use this summer

There are signs of spring popping up all over. These signs mean it’s time to start thinking about your boat. Some of your best memories are created while enjoying the sun and warm breezes out on the water with family and friends. Make sure you have a safe season by going through a checklist to make sure your boat is ready to be launched.

Prepare Your Boat for Successful Summer Fun

There are many types of boats, with varying sizes and designs that will make a difference on maintenance requirements and preparations needed to launch them. This is a generalized checklist for you to follow to make sure your boat is ready for summer fun.

General Areas

With a mild detergent, you should perform a general cleaning of your deck, topsides, and hull. Check your scuppers and drain to make sure they are clear of any debris and adding a good coat of wax is an ideal precaution to protect against weather and water.

If your boat has windows, you need to make sure there is a clear view out of each and that the windshield has a wiper that works correctly. It is always a safety measure to bring spare parts along in case of any malfunctions, so each spring make sure you have all the necessary parts for your boat type on board.

Fuel System

Check all your exposed fuel components to see if they have suffered any rotting or deterioration. Most outboards have a primer bulb that should be used to verify there are no leaks in any of the connections. If your hose is in good shape, it will be pliable yet firm. A hose that is too soft or brittle needs replacing.

Electrical System

A dead battery is going to ruin any outing. Each spring you need to give your battery a deep charging with a slow charge of about three amps. Letting it sit overnight is ideal to provide a full charge. Check the battery over for any signs of corrosion and clean it away from wires and terminals if discovered on the surface.

Fluids, Hoses, Cables, and Belts

Check that all your fluids are topped off. This includes your engine oil, power steering fluid, gear case oil and if you’ve stored your boat with antifreeze that it is drained and disposed of properly. Make sure that all belts, cables, and hoses are not showing signs of rot and they are all tight and secure.

Prop

Many people remove their prop before storing. If you did not perform this task, make sure you do so now and grease the shaft while checking there is no fishing line wound around it.

Tri-City Self Storage has a solution for almost all storage needs. It is our mission to find the best storage solution for any situation. From the large to the small, we will find the perfect space for your boat during the off season. Contact us today to learn about our variety of storage solutions.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/get-boat-ready-summer/.

Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

If you feel claustrophobic in your home because there is stuff everywhere no matter where you go, it may be time to look for more space.

Upgrading your home’s square footage may not be possible. Buying a new home can be pricey as can adding an extension to your home.   Most people buy a bigger house only to fill it again and once again run out of space.

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Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

A great solution to gaining some extra space without having to spend too much money is self-storage. A self-storage unit allows you the extra space you need with some great advantages.

  • Self-storage is flexible, you can upgrade and downgrade space as you or your budget needs.
  • Self-storage allows you to keep the things you don’t need till you need them while freeing up space.
  • Self-storage gives you the ability to keep books, equipment, and even cars without making you feel like your home is closing in on you.
  • Self-storage is not just for storage, you can also create an office space, library, gym or other free space that you can use whenever you need.
  • You can keep what you need close to home by choosing a self self-storage unit that is close to your home. When you need something you have quick and easy access.

Self-storage units are a great way to help you free up space in your home without having to throw away those things you really want to keep.

The team at Tri-City Self Storage can help give you extra space at an affordable price. We offer a range of options when it comes to budget and space, allowing you to keep your valuable items safe and secure.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/give-extra-space-self-storage/.

Best RV Vacations in the U.S.

If you have an RV just sitting in RV storage it is time to hit the road. Grab your RV out of RV storage and take a road trip, staying in one or two of these great spots.

Great U.S. RV Vacations

  • South Padre Island KOA – Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico and bordered by Padre Island National Seashore this spot is the perfect place to park your RV and just relax. You can choose one of the many campgrounds along this scenic stretch or check out the South Padre Island KOA. The KOA includes cable tv, a pool, hot tub and sauna, and plenty of places to eat and relax.
  • Crater Lake National Park – Located in the southern part of Oregon this amazing lake fed by rainwater and snow is actually a giant crater. The deepest lake in the U.S. it is quite a site to see. You can stay in the park at the National Park camp grounds or you can check out Crater Lake RV Park.
  • Fort Wilderness – If you are looking to take your whole family on an R.V trip they won’t forget, Disney’s Fort Wilderness is located between Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Enjoy the beautiful Florida weather as you check out the Disney parks. Boating, waterskiing, archery, basketball and volleyball will keep the kids busy while you sit back and relax.
  • Columbia River – The Columbia River covers Canada, Washington and Oregon over a stretch of 1,243 miles. You can park your RV along this amazing river at the Columbia River Recreation Area or you can grab a spot at the Columbia Riverfront RV Park. Camp, kayak, hike and enjoy being in the beautiful outdoors while you listen to the river flow by.
  • Mt Rushmores Shadow – Kick back along Horse Thief Lake as you nestle in the shadows of Mt Rushmore. You can stay at the National Forest Campground which is right on the shores of Horse Thief Lake or you can check in at one of the nearby RV parks like Horse Thief Campground and Resort.

RV Storage Solutions

If you are looking to get your vehicle out of RV storage to take a road trip or you need RV storage while you are not traveling, we can help. The team at Tri-City Self Storage can help you find the right storage solution. Whether you are looking for RV storage or you are looking for a place to store furniture, we offer plenty of storage options.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog.