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Boating on Belton Lake is a favorite past time in central Texas, with access to this fish-stocked reservoir from over nine of Texas’ best parks. Several of these parks include courtesy docks and boat ramps with free 24 hour access. But what should Texans do with one of their most prized possessions (their boat) after spending time on this beloved Lake? In order to protect boats from theft, mildew/mold, pest, rodents, damage from the elements, costly repairs, and warranty voiding, Texans should consider boat storage.

Amy’s Attic Self Storage is dedicated to providing the best boat storing experience with space specifically set aside for customers wishing to store boats and other watercraft. With locations in Belton, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and Salado for this specific need, storing a boat is no problem. There are several factors one should consider when choosing where to store a boat, and Amy’s Attic Self Storage makes provisions for all of the considerations below.

  • Security features (24 hour surveillance, well lit, electronic gates, etc.)
  • Covered boat storage
  • Pest control (routine pest control treatments, walls and floors cleanings, and door deal checks and replacements, etc.)
  • Accessibility (wide driveway, well lit, electronic gates, 24×7 access at most facilities, etc.)
  • Versatility of storage options (“we have a storage unit to accommodate your needs”)
  • Cost (competitive pricing, month to month contracts, military discount, etc.)

With an excellent boat storage option, one should prepare their boat for storage by reviewing the following checklists.

  • Engine
    • Changing the oil to prevent engine corrosion by changing the oil filter, flushing it out, and adding new oil
    • Refresh the coolant system to prevent engine freezing and corrosion by draining old coolant, flushing, adding fresh antifreeze by diluting to manufacturer’s specification
    • Spray with fogging oil according to manual instructions
    • Loosen or remove drive belts to prevent them from cracking
    • Grease steering mechanism
    • Disconnect battery to prevent it from draining
    • Fill gas tank and add fuel stabilizer to prevent water from entering the engine
    • Seal exhaust ports with tape to prevent pests from entering engine
  • Interior
    • Remove all electronics
    • Spray vinyl with a vinyl protector and use well-vented covers
    • Remove any leather, fabric, or canvas materials
    • Empty water tanks and run antifreeze through pipes
    • Remove all personal belongings
  • Exterior
    • Remove barnacles/other residue by scraping or pressure washing
    • Wash
    • Check for and fix and splits or cracks in the fiberglass
    • Wax
    • Cover with a form-fitting polytarp or polyvinyl cover
  • Trailer
    • Fill tires
    • Store on wooden blocks to keep tire rubber off the ground
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