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mojo1229

Hey guys, it is kind of sad to start this topic but I purchased a newer used boat this year and unfortunately I don't have a place to store it, so I was looking for some opinions on storage options. I assume that shrinking wrapping and storing outdoors is the cheapest but does storing it inside really keep the boat in better shape? As far as the indoor options, I know you can store it at the marinas but I have also seen mini storage around, does anyone have an opinion or know the differences between the two? For what it is worth, I do have a travel cover that ties to the trailer. Thanks for your help.

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SkunkedAgain

Where are you planning to store the boat - around Vermilion, the Cities, other?

I don't think that storing inside is much better than outside. I've had better luck keeping critters out of boats when properly winterized and kept outside. Depending on the barn or storage facility, you can get a lot more bird [PoorWordUsage] and other stuff indoors.

As for cost, the cheapest is a giant tarp over the boat. Next is shrink wrapping.

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delcecchi

If you use the giant tarp over the boat, don't forget to make a frame or some sort of support with ridge line so it will shed snow and rain at least to an extent. A tarp all sagged down and full of snow and water and ice doesn't seem like it would be good.

I store mine inside.

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SkunkedAgain

Agreed. I keep all four seats in the boat, plus lay a bunch of surplus 2x4s from gunnel to gunnel and one or two lengthwise, with my custom cover and tarp over the top. Works great.

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shamrock7

We are in the business of storing boats so my opinions are obviously slanted. It all depends on what you want and how much you want to pay. We specialize on a full service storage where we pick up the boat, pull your vinyl (If you have a lift and canopy) and bring the boat back here, winterize, service and store. Then in the spring, we clean the boat really well, bring it back and reinstall your vinyl. We also have just storage options which are competitive with the mini storage places. If you store your boat in a barn, expect the critters that live in the barn to want to spend the winter in the nicest part of the barn, your boat... Storing your boat outside is the least expensive but also the most hazardous. If it is a 16' fishing boat, not a big deal. If it's a 25' I/O then, big risk.

Mini storage is a good option if you have other things you need to store, just be aware that most are barely wide enough for the average trailer and it can be a 3 person job to get into them.

Hope this helps without honking my own horn too much

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delcecchi

No, good points. Why do you say it is "hazardous" to store outside? What kind of hazards are you referring to?

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shamrock7

Almost every year we hear of trees coming down on boats or snow load breaking windshields. Then there is always the "we didn't know we needed to drain that" response in the spring.

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Cliff Wagenbach

Almost every year we hear of trees coming down on boats or snow load breaking windshields. Then there is always the "we didn't know we needed to drain that" response in the spring.

Not only that but the mice and squirrels can do an enormous amount of damage if they get inside of your boat during the winter!

Had that happen once!!

Cliff

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SkunkedAgain

Mice and squirrels can happen inside or outside, but probably less likely that they'll climb that walls in Shamrocks amazing facility! I totally agree with Shamrock about the hazards of storing outside though.

Maybe the OP will actually let us know what he's looking to do.

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mojo1229

Thanks for all the great info. I was planning on storing it around here but I have looked at some of those "barn" storage options and they seem to be a lot cheaper around the cities. I am glad I asked though because it seems like that is a poor option. If all things were equal I think my boat would love to get the spa treatment from Mr. Shamrock but I will have to price it out. Thanks again for the opinions and info.

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shamrock7

Give us a call, there are some pretty good discounts and it ends up being a lot less than you would expect.

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BrianF

Randy, sent you a PM. Brian

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MarkB

I went over to Shamrock Marina today and talked with Randy about boat storage. Randy has storage that is convenient, first-class, affordable and it was a no-brainer to sign up. I'm pretty particular when it comes to my boat storage and Shamrock Marina certainly gets my vote of confidence.

Good Storage,

MarkB smile

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