Boat Storage at Avalon Storage in Redding, CA
Are you looking for a Boat Storage facility in Redding, CA? Look no further! Let Avalon Storage be your first and last call. We invite you to stop by our storage facility for a tour. Come check out our newly expanded boat storage area. Avalon Storage is family owned and operated. We offer a wide range of storage options, including Self Storage, Mini Storage, RV Storage, and now Boat Storage.
Our RV, Motorhome, and Boat Storage Facility Offers:
- A reliable place to store your recreational vehicles
- Extra-wide driveways and parking spots
- Pull-through spaces for better maneuverability
- Peace of mind for complying with city regulations that prohibit parking boats in your driveway or curbside
Boat Storage rates start at $55 a month. Call us today at 530-221-1321 to check availability and schedule a tour of our facility. We can take care of all your storage needs. Avalon Storage — your first and last call.
Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Store Your Boat
- Winter is coming: Enjoy your boat all summer long, but when winter arrives, store it in an environment free from the harsh weather and blowing debris. Keep it safe at Avalon.
- Free up more space: Boats take up space. They’re difficult to maneuver in an out of your yard or garage. A storage facility takes the stress out of the equation and frees up valuable space on your property.
- It’s the Law: For aesthetic reasons, the City of Redding prohibits you from parking or storing your boat curbside or in your driveway. A boat storage facility saves you the hassle of a costly ticket and time in court.
- Increase your boat’s lifespan: Boats constantly thrashed by water suffer more damage than boats placed in dry storage. Therefore, leaving your boat at the dock may not be the best option. Dry storage increases your boat’s lifespan.
Tips to Preparing your Boat for Winter Storage
Preparing your boat for storage can save you from costly repair bills next summer. Take the time to follow these simple steps and save yourself from a huge headache. If you run into trouble, don’t risk it; take your boat to a trained mechanic and ask for help. It’s better to pay hundreds now than thousands after you break something. (Note: many of the following tips can be adapted for jet skis.)
Head to the water
Take your boat out one last time this season. Pack up your cooler. Slop on the sunscreen. And don’t forget the notebook
and pen. That’s right, this is more than just a pleasure cruise. It’s time to look, listen, smell, and scribble. Pay close attention to your engines(s) and electronic equipment.
Run your little speed demon full out for a few minutes as you listen for unusual sounds. Smell the engine housing. Do you notice anything irregular? Can you see any leaks? What about in the electronics? Does everything appear to be running properly? Take notes.
After you dock, investigate both the interior and exterior for damage. Jot down anything you find, and prepare your tool belt for the next step.
Repair and Maintenance
It’s time to either put that fancy tool belt of yours to work or take your boat to a professional mechanic. Extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity can create any number of catastrophes out of what might otherwise only be minor problems: cracked fuel lines rupture; blistered hulls burst; unreliable electronics perish.
Know the scope of your mechanical prowess. If a problem is too big, let go your pride and take it to a professional. See a pro when you need one. If not for the sake of safety, then do it for the money. Small blunders made today will cost dearly tomorrow.
Service Your Engine
Before long-term storage, give your boat its annual checkup. If you don’t know how, take it to a — dare I use the P-word again?—professional to have the engine serviced.
Check and clean the spark plugs, recoil starter, carburetor, water pump, etc. Double check your hoses, and confirm all clamps and other fastenings are secure. Change the fuel filter while you’re at it, so you’re ready to jump in the water as soon as spring rolls around.
Change the Oil
Run the engine. Afterward, flush out the oil tank to clear it of water, acid, and other debris which corrodes engine parts. It’s best to do this step while the oil is still warm, as it drains more easily. Next, replace the filter and pour in new oil. Engine oil thickens both from cold weather and long periods of dormancy. It will clog the engine the next time you try to start it. Do the work now and save on the expense later. Are you seeing a pattern here?
Fill Gas Tank
Top it off to prevent condensation from forming. According to goldeagle.com, you should add a fuel stabilizer if you plan to store your boat longer than 30 days. “They keep gas fresh for 12 months, and help prevent corrosion, and gum and varnish formation.”
After it’s in, run the engine for twenty minutes to guarantee the stabilizer distributes evenly throughout the gas lines and rest of the system.
Apply Fogging Oil
What is fogging oil? According to our friends at goldeagle.com “It is an aerosol petroleum treatment for long-term lubrication and corrosion resistance. When properly administered, it forms a thin film on metal components that, unlike oil, remains intact with time.” In other words, it coats and protects critical engine components while your boat is in storage.
Drain the coolant. Flush the system out with water. Replace the coolant with new antifreeze diluted to your engine’s specifications. Well, that was simple.
Either reduce the tension on the drive belts considerably, or remove them altogether. If you leave the belts stored under tension, small cracks or larger splits will occur when ambient temperatures fluctuate during winter months.
Grease both the steering mechanisms and control mechanisms. Any marine grease will work. Grease every joint. Double-check to ensure each moves smoothly before moving on to the next step.
Cold, damp conditions shorten the life of electronics. Be smart. Remove what you can and store it at home.
Disconnect your battery. Clean the cables and terminals. Be sure to wear protective gloves when working around thecorrosive gunk near the terminals (That stuff can chew through leather). Top the battery off with distilled water. Find a safe shelf in your garage to store it until next season.
Note: Your battery will continue losing charge as it sits on your shelf. To extend the life of your battery, recharge it to full capacity every three weeks using a marine battery charger.
Clean your boat
Scrub every inch inside and out. Scour every cranny of the deck and hull, removing the dirt, oils, and salty residue responsible for eating through your paint job. After that, wipe down these same surfaces with either a bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water), or a detergent solution, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. Afterward wipe everything down with clean, dry towels.
Circulate air throughout the boat. Open every seat, locker, and drawer. Tie open every door. Air out all the possible mildew factories. Place moisture absorbers throughout the interior. Expose every surface and make certain it’s bone dry before you proceed to the next step.
You’re almost home! Once you finish the above, add a coat of wax to the underside, deck, and topside. This layer of wax locks in moisture and prevents corrosion. This is a step often neglected by owners, but it can extend the life of your boat by years and increase its resale value.
If you haven’t already done so, purchase a cover. We recommend covers from West Marine. As you search, look specifically for those which include proper ventilation and UV Protection. They will protect your boat from the sun, the elements, and pests.
Speaking of pests, take a few strips of duct tape and cover your boats exhaust ports. It’ll keep the little vermin out. Just be sure to remove the tape before heading back in the water next summer.
Store your boat at Avalon Storage. It will be waiting for you, ready, come spring time. Call us today at 530-221-1321 to find out more. We look forward to speaking with you.