With more than 400,000 lakes, rivers and waterways, boating is a popular summertime activity in Ontario. However, winter weather can damage boats that aren’t correctly stored.
Boat owners must find a location where their vessels can remain clean and dry all winter. Fortunately, U-Need Storage provides safe and secure indoor and outdoor boat storage facilities for boat owners in Milton and the Greater Toronto Area.
Contact us today to find an affordable boat storage lot near you. We have 12 locations across the GTA.
At U-Need Storage in Burlington, we offer ample outdoor space for secure RV and boat storage. You can enjoy peace of mind this winter knowing that your boat and trailer are in a safe and secure storage environment. Moreover, you’ll free up your home’s valuable garage and driveway parking spaces. U-Need Storage offers the following features:
Gated property with keypad access
Protected with video surveillance
Month-to-month rentals, seasonal or long-term
Nearby highway access
Indoor seasonal boat trailer parking
24/7 access to your items
We also offer climate-controlled units at a select number of our 12 locations. Store your boat inside to ensure your prized vessel stays in top shape. The heated boat storage facilities at U-Need Storage are a convenient and affordable way to store your seasonal vehicles in the GTA.
Whether you’re storing your boat inside or outdoors, there are several things you should do to prepare your boat to be out of the water for a few months. Here’s a short checklist to get you started.
Flush and drain the cooling water
Replace the engine oil and gear oil
Top up the fuel tank and stabilize the fuel
Remove the battery and place it on a trickle charger
Lubricate and grease the engine fittings to protect against rust and corrosion
Winterize the water and shower tanks
Drain all the hoses, fish boxes and pumps
Remove the drain plug from the hull and leave the boat with the bow high
Remove mould and mildew
Remove all seat cushions and pillows
Remove all electronics such as GPS and fish finders
Cover your boat with a tarp or boat shrink wrap
Following these steps will ensure your boat remains in peak condition. Additionally, when spring arrives and the ice melts, you can get your boat in the water more quickly.
When choosing the best location to store your boat for the winter, consider the following factors:
Outdoor vs indoor. Indoor boat storage may cost more than outdoor storage, but your boat will be better protected from the elements, thieves and vandals. However, indoor storage takes a bit more planning to get your boat out of storage and into the water. Whether indoor or outdoor, your storage facility should have locks, gates and a surveillance system.
Year-long vs seasonal. The main benefit of yearlong storage is that you have a single place to store your boat any time of year, and there’s no need to search for a secondary location. However, if you choose yearlong dry-boat storage, you may find it inconvenient to haul your boat out whenever you want to use it.
Convenience and accessibility. Choose a storage facility that gives you 24/7 access to your boat. Also, storage facilities near main traffic arteries (i.e., Highway 401) allow you to get in and out much more quickly, giving you more time to enjoy your boat.
U-Need Storage ticks all the boxes to protect your watercraft from Ontario’s harsh winters.
If you have a canoe or kayak, storage facilities offer the benefits of safe and secure storage while giving you more space at home.
Storing your kayak or canoe indoors is the best way to extend its lifespan and keep it safe from pests, inclement weather and direct sunlight. Never hang a canoe or kayak by the grab loops. These aren’t structural handles and could break. Instead, use wide straps or slings that wrap under the hull.
Also, consider storing your boat accessories in a climate-controlled storage unit. U-Need Storage offers units perfect for life vests, cushions, ropes and fender storage.
U-Need Storage offers storage facilities for any seasonal vehicle, including boats, motorcycles, RVs and snowmobiles. We have 12 convenient locations in the GTA offering climate-controlled indoor storage and outdoor parking lots for seasonal use. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help keep your boat ship shape this winter.