Choosing the right storage unit for your boat can feel like navigating uncharted waters. Size, type, cost, and location are just a few of the factors you need to consider. Here’s a guide to help you sail through this process smoothly and dock your prized possession in the perfect storage unit.
Determine Your Boat’s Dimensions
Before you can choose the correct storage unit, you need to know the exact dimensions of your boat, including its length, width, and height. Don't forget to include any additional equipment or accessories that may protrude, like antennas, trolling motors, or outboard engines.
Step by Step Size Guide:
To calculate the storage space required for your boat, including the boat and trailer, you need to consider the length of both the boat and the trailer tongue. Here's a step-by-step guide:
1. Measure the length of your boat:
Start by measuring the overall length of your boat from the farthest points, typically the bow (front) to the stern (back). Measure along the centerline of the boat for accuracy.
2. Measure the length of your boat trailer:
Measure the length of the trailer from the hitch (where it attaches to the towing vehicle) to the end of the trailer bed or the rear of the frame. This measurement should include the main body of the trailer and any additional extensions.
3. Measure the length of the trailer tongue:
The trailer tongue is the forward extension of the trailer that connects to the hitch. Measure from the hitch to the front end of the tongue.
4. Calculate the total storage space required:
Add the length of your boat, the length of the trailer, and the length of the trailer tongue. This will give you the total length needed for storage.
5. Consider additional clearance space:
Keep in mind that you may need additional clearance space around the boat and trailer for maneuvering, accessing storage compartments, or performing maintenance. It's advisable to add a few extra feet to your total length calculation to ensure sufficient space.
By accurately measuring the boat, trailer, and trailer tongue length, and accounting for any necessary clearance space, you can determine the appropriate storage space needed to accommodate your boat and trailer in a storage unit.
Types of Boat Storage Units:
Storage facilities usually offer three types of storage units for boats: indoor, outdoor, and covered.
- Indoor Storage Units are enclosed spaces that offer the most protection against weather and potential damage. They usually provide the best security and often include climate-control options. Keep in mind, though, that indoor storage units come in various sizes, and not all may accommodate larger boats. Hawkeye Storage offers a 15 x 50 ft unit to accommodate the largest of boats.
- Outdoor Parking is typically more affordable and can accommodate boats of all sizes. However, they offer less protection from the elements.
- Covered Storage strikes a balance between indoor and outdoor storage. They provide a roof for protection from sun and rain but are generally open on the sides. You can think of this like a carport.