Tag: Boat Storage

Getting Boats Ready For Winter: 3 Essential Maintenance Tasks

Soon, it is going to be time to take your boat off the water. Even though the winter weather may be a long way away, preparing your boat for winter storage should be a priority. You will want to do things like prep the engine, remove all water and treat the fluids. Here are the essential maintenance tasks you need to do before you store your boat for the winter this year:

Getting Boats Ready For Winter: 3 Essential Maintenance Tasks

Draining Live-wells and Water Pump Equipment

Boats often have live wells, which are used for fishing to keep fish alive when the catch is in the boat. Live-wells are not the only systems on boats that have pumps and pipes that circulate water; bilge-pumps are used to pump water out of your boat that can get in it will on the water. Before you store your boat for the season, you will need to remove all the water from these systems to prevent damage caused when freezing temperatures come.

Engine Maintenance and Changing All the Fluids

Marine engines are notorious for giving boaters problems when they are out on the water. Some of the problems are due to the boats sitting in storage and lack of maintenance before they are taken out of the water. Do a complete servicing of your engine before you park your boat in storage. In addition, change all the fluids and add treatments to the gas and oil to prevent them from degrading when your boat is in storage for an extended period of time.

Protecting the Interior, Finishes and Exposed Materials

You will also want to protect the exterior of your boat from the elements. Invest in a good cover that fits your boat to keep it covered when in storage. Any materials that are exposed should be cleaned and treated with a protective cleaner. Vinyl should be treated before you put the boat in storage to prevent it from drying out. In addition, clean and wax any paint to protect finishes from damage while your boat is in storage. Make sure you remove personal items from the interior of the boat and do a thorough clean to ensure your boat is safe from damage.

These are some of the essential maintenance tasks that you will need to do before your store your boat for the winter this year. Contact us for help storing and maintaining your boat while you are not on the water this winter.

Taking Your Boat Out of Storage and Into the Water

Those April showers are over, now is time for May flowers and that beautiful boating weather. But before you wheel your water toy out of our trailer and boat storage facility and into the water, you’ll want to do a quick check of the important components. That’s because while our boat storage facility keeps your equipment secure and safe from inclement weather, it’s still good to check all of your electrical and other sensitive components before firing up the ignition and zipping across the bay. Consider this quick engine and electric checklist:

Taking Your Boat Out of Storage and Into the Water

  • Begin by verifying that your battery holds a charge. Use a plug-in wall charger if your battery is at a medium-low charge. If depleted, replace.
  • Inspect all of the local connections for signs of corrosion, brush off any rust if minor or replace if major.
  • Inspect fluid levels and either top off or change as needed.
  • Inspect the boat’s fuel hoses for any breakage or cracking. You also want to ensure they aren’t soft or brittle anywhere and that all fittings and clamps are rust-free and secure.
  • Inspect engine belts and hoses and replace any that show signs of wear and tear.

Additionally, now is a great time to check your propeller for any distortion and do a once-over on your hull. If you plan on putting your boat into the brackish water, make sure it has the proper protective coating.

For more information about taking your boat out of (and into) storage at our secure location, contact us today!

3 Reasons Boat Storage Is Better Than Storing Your Boat at Home

As a proud boat owner, you love your boat and want to make sure that this prized possession of yours stays safe and sound. But what is the best way to do that? Should you store your boat on your driveway, front or back lawn, or in an indoor boat storage facility? Here are some things to consider.

3 Reasons Boat Storage Is Better Than Storing Your Boat at Home

Have Peace of Mind

Having your boat securely kept in a locked indoor facility will give you the peace of mind necessary to travel places. What if you want to go to your winter home for a few month each year? What if you want to take a summer vacation for a week? When your boat is secure and protected, you can always travel without worrying about theft.

Keep Its Value

You never know when you might want to sell your boat. Perhaps you will want to upgrade to a better quality boat sometime in the future, and being able to sell your old boat will help you finance your new purchase. Having an “always garaged” boat will keep its value high. It will protect your boat from damage by the elements, whether that be sun, rain, hail, snow, ice, wind or falling trees.

Save Space

Unless you live in a mansion on a multi-acre property, you probably don’t have enough space for a full-sized boat. You need your garage for your cars and your kids’ bikes. You need the back lawn for hanging out, a swingset for your kids, and family barbecues. And hey, maybe your boat is taking up space you can use for a swimming pool. In any case, using a storage facility will clear up precious space.

For great boat storage solutions, just contact us.

Why Covered Storage is the Best Choice for Your Boat This Winter

If you are finished with using your boat for the year and are looking for a good storage option, now is the time to look into covered storage at a storage company that is accustomed to storing boats. Even though you have other options, including potentially storing your boat on your own property, choosing covered storage can be the best choice for a host of reasons.

Why Covered Storage is the Best Choice for Your Boat This Winter

First of all, it’s a good way to make sure that your boat is safe from the elements this winter. The last thing that you probably want to deal with next spring is winter-related damage that could have been prevented if you would have shielded your watercraft from the ice and snow.

Secondly, storing your boat in covered storage is a good way to prevent theft. After all, it can be all too tempting for a potential thief to see a nice boat parked, unprotected and uncovered, on your property or elsewhere.

It’s also smart to keep your boat away from your own property for a few reasons. Storing your boat on your own property is a good way to end up damaging your grass or otherwise causing damage to your lawn, so even if you are able to enjoy your boat in the springtime, you might not be too happy with the look of your yard. Additionally, storing your boat on your property can affect your home’s curb appeal and might even get you some nasty looks from your neighbors.

Overall, if you are looking for the best storage option for your boat, looking into covered storage is your best option. If you contact us at Party Barn Boat & RV Storage, you can talk to our professionals, who know all about storing recreational vehicles, boats and more and who can help you make a plan for storing your boat properly.

Uncovered storage – Get your boat looking its best

All good things must come to an end. But all good things deserve to look their best even if they have to wait to be used again until next season. Whether you are planning on taking your boat out of the water or merely wanting to use this time of year to spruce it up, Party Barn Boat and RV Storage can serve your needs.

Uncovered storage - Get your boat looking its best

A prime activity to undertake at this time of year is waxing your boat. It is obviously incredibly easier to wax on a stable surface, where you can reach all important parts – than teetering over the side, trying not to fall in the water. Enter uncovered storage.

Party Barn’s standalone boat facility offers customers a safe protective option out of the water. And our uncovered storage spaces can give you a chance to spruce up your boat before loading it back up for some more fun or putting it to sleep for a few months. With a few rags and a few polishing supplies (color restorer, wax, and polish), your cozy boat spot gives you access to all important parts of the boat. Then, shiny and new, hook her back up and boat in style.

With a gate and code entry system, your prized possession is safe with us. If you are looking for secure uncovered storage for your boat, consider Party Barn Boat and RV Storage. If your needs change, we can also offer you an array of covered and enclosed options, as well as electrical hookups. Contact us to find the perfect storage choice for your boat!

Top 3 Boat Storage Needs To Consider

Having a boat is such an amazing opportunity. You can make all sorts of memories and pass hours upon hours enjoying your favorite pastimes if you have one. But what can you do with your boat when you aren’t on the water. If you aren’t able to or don’t want to store your boat at your home you will need to find storage for it. Here are our top three features to look for in a boat storage unit.

Top 3 Boat Storage Needs To Consider

  1. Location, Location, Location. This popular adage is important to consider when looking for boat storage. You want to store your boat close to your home, or even better, to where you play. Imagine driving towards your local lake or reservoir and stopping only a few miles away to pick up your boat.
  2. Indoor and Outdoor Options. The amount of money you want to spend on storage if you want to winterize your boat and the value of your boat are all factors that determine whether you want indoor or outdoor storage. Read here for an article about winterizing boats in Texas.
  3. Security You Can Trust. Many storage units have keypad entry, but you want to look for one that has individual codes for each customer instead of a universal code. A universal code is more easily dispersed and easier for intruders to figure out.

Party Barn Boat and RV Storage, located miles from Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard, is an excellent choice for boat storage. The location couldn’t be better for those who like to play at these picturesque lakes. Our security is top-notch and we have indoor and outdoor storage options. For more information on storing your boat here, contact us today.

Keeping Cold Weather Tip-Ups and More at the Ready

The summer season is winding down at Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lavon. Anglers are abandoning the submerged brush and looking for those picture-worthy bass closer to the surface. Then in a few more weeks, they’ll be looking for them in the deep water as fish become increasingly harder to find. Good thing enclosed storage for the colder months isn’t as elusive as the region’s fish. Anglers can find it right here, in Wylie. Here how are our cold weather tip-ups can help you this season.

Keeping Cold Weather Tip-Ups and More at the Ready

Tackling the Hardest Storage Problems

At Party Barn Boat & RV Storage, we free anglers up from having to worry about where to store their fall and winter gear. Our well-maintained acreage is close to the lake and is suitable for storing everything a Texas angler needs to continue fishing well into the New Year. For instance, night fishing for stripers and white bass in January is definitely a possibility. Just store those twister tail jigs in a winter tackle box and place it in our enclosed storage units. They’re large enough to hold the biggest tackle boxes on the market.

Jigging Your Way, Every Day or Night

Furthermore, our secure, enclosed storage facility is accessible 24/7. So with a few pushes of the keypad’s buttons, nighttime anglers can grab their jigs and be on their way. The same is true of boats, rods, and reels. The only thing we wouldn’t recommend placing in enclosed storage is live bait. After all, that has to stay fresh in order for the fish to bite. No worries, though, anglers! There are plenty of year-round bait shops nearby. For example, Leroy’s Bait & Tackle is just 5 minutes away from our enclosed storage facility and he’s typically got minnows. We all know how much the fish overwintering in Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard love minnows.

To learn more about putting fishing gear in enclosed storage near the best angling spots in Texas, please contact us today.

Spring Check List Before Pulling Your Boat From Storage

Spring Check List Before Pulling Your Boat From Storage

Spring is here which means it is time to get back out on the water. If your boat has been in boat storage for the winter, there are a few things you should do before getting your boat back out on the lake.

  • Change the Oil. If you didn’t change your oil in the fall before you stored your boat for the winter, now is the time to get it done. Check all your filters and fluid  levels.
  • Check the Battery. Don’t take your chances on the water, make sure your battery is in great shape before heading to the lake. Boat batteries tend to be a little more temperamental than car and truck batteries.
  • Test Your Safety Features. Check out your horn and lights to make sure everything is operational. Make sure you have life jackets on board.
  • Clean Your Boat. Hopefully you left the boat clean before you put it away for the winter, but it is worth going over it one more time. Be sure to clean all the terminals.
  • Check Seals, Pumps and Gas Lines. These items are worth checking at least once a year, so spring is the perfect time to give everything a thorough inspection.
  • Run Your Boat On Land. The last thing you want is to discover a problem with your boat when you are already in the water. So, it is a good idea to turn it on while you are still on land to make sure everything is running smoothly.

If you’re looking for a convenient location to store your boat anytime you’re not using it, please contact us. We’re close to the lakes and offer options in every price range.

Before Buying a Boat, Find Convenient Boat Storage

The warm weather has all of us looking forward to a summer full of fun and excitement. If you can’t wait to start planning your summer weekends and little trips away with friends and family, there is no time like the present.

Before Buying a Boat, Find Convenient Boat Storage

Start filling your calendar with all the activities you know you want to get to this summer. You should definitely plan at least one weekend on the lake. Of course, if you owned a boat, you could just clear your calendar and make every single weekend a lake weekend.

However, before you buy your boat, you need to look into a few practical considerations.  For example, where will  you store your boat while you’re not using it?  If you happen to have an oversized garage, then you’re all set, but most neighborhood HOAs won’t let you leave a boat parked in your driveway, and you definitely can’t leave it parked on the street.

Don’t let these small concerns keep you from realizing your dream of owning a boat, because boat storage is available in every price range. You can choose open boat storage, covered boat storage or a enclosed storage. If you live near Wylie Texas we offer boat storage that is just three miles from Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard so storing your boat with us may actually be more convenient than keeping it at your house.

If you have any questions about boat storage, please contact us.

4 Important Tips for Boat Storage

4 Important Tips for Boat Storage

What you do in the process of preparing your boat for storage is just as important as storing your boat in the first place. Like with an RV, your boat is an investment and not just of your money but also of your time in making priceless memories. Like with all investments, regardless of the monetary value, we all want to protect those items. Your boat is no different. Taking the time to carefully prep your expensive toy will ensure nothing goes wrong during its stint in boat storage. Below are 4 important tips to consider for storing your boat.

  • Tip 1: Proper Support: This is highly important in regards to the structural integrity of your boat’s hull and frame. Just placing your boat, whatever its size, anywhere on dryland without proper support will only lead to distortion and warping of the hull. This will leave you with an unusable boat. There are several different ways to support your boat which include but are not limited to: Blocks, a custom boat cradle, or jack stands. There are a few areas to keep in mind when placing these supports such as the engines and keel.
  • Tip 2: Water Drainage: When your boat is not in storage, it’s most often in water as such, when it’s time to prep it for storage and you pull it out of the water, pull your bilge plugs. If you do this first and get it set up on your supports you can angle the bow upwards to allow as much water to drain out as possible. In doing this first, you’ll save yourself a lot of time. While the water is draining, you can then clean it out as well as perform any maintenance that needs to be handled.
  • Tip 3: Thoroughly Clean and Dry: Now that your boat is set up to drain water, you should make the most of your time by giving your boat a thorough scrub down as well as clearing out any and all food. Open every drawer, cabinet and compartment then take out every food item. Doing this will ensure your boat is free from any infestations while it is in storage. Also, scrub down every surface to clear it of bacteria and allow it to completely dry. Letting everything you have cleaned dry out will make sure that mildew and mold will not grow during the time your boat is in storage.
  • Tip 4: Maintenance: Take the time to go over every surface both inside and outside of your boat, check in every nook and cranny for any maintenance you can perform. Taking care of torn sails, surface cracks or tarnish will give you more time to enjoy your boat when you’re ready to pull it out of storage. Also, fixing those cracks will make sure they don’t expand while in storage.

The above tips are only a few of many that are out there in regards to boat storage. These four will help ensure your boat is ready to go into storage as well as make sure you can be out sailing when other’s are fixing up their own boats after you’ve pulled yours out of storage. If you would like more information or you have any questions in regards to boat storage, please, feel free to contact us.