Boat Storage

Boat Storage, Boats in storage


Looking for a secure, well lit, and affordable place to store a boat? Renting a self storage parking unit is a great option for storing a vehicle, especially large recreational vehicles like boats. If you’re looking for a safe place to keep your boat, The Storage Mall offers affordable options for your Boat Storage needs!


Self storage facilities that offer boat storage typically have one or more of these options available: indoor storage, covered parking, and outdoor boat storage. Continue reading below two understand the advantages of each type of boat storage, including convenience, affordability, and The protection the each type of self storage parking unit offers for your boat storage.

Indoor Boat Storage

The most protective boat storage option available, consider indoor storage. Drive-up self storage units provide a space that functions like a garage, allowing you to back your boat into a storage unit on a trailer. The Storage Mall family of properties offers a variety of self storage unit sizes, so you can easily find one that fits your storage needs. However, this option may only fit the needs of those with smaller watercraft, with the self storage units ranging in size from 10 x 20 to 10 x 30.

Covered Boat Storage

With a roof to protect your boat from the sun and other elements, covered vehicle storage falls between indoor and outdoor self storage parking options. It’s more affordable and offers a bit more space than an indoor self storage unit, but it offers more shelter than standard outdoor vehicle storage.

Outdoor Boat Storage

The most common self storage parking option for boats is outdoor storage. At a self storage facility, this basically equates to parking your boat in an outdoor parking stall, while providing you optimal space available for larger boats.


If you’ve decided that indoor boat storage is the best option for you, the next step is to figure out the correct self storage unit size you’ll need for storing your boat. Here’s a few options;

10×15 Storage Units

A self storage unit as small as 10×15 can be used for several types of smaller boats and other water vessels, such as a jet ski. Be sure to measure the dimensions of your boat trailer, not just the boat itself.

Boat Examples

10×20 & 10×30 Self Storage Units

Most boats that can be stored indoors will need a 10×20 or 10×30 self storage unit. Before picking a self storage unit, please take the time to measure your boat on its trailer to see which size you’ll need. Keep your boat’s height in mind as well. Most self storage units are about eight feet tall, which means that taller boats may need to be stored outdoors or in a covered parking space.

Boat Examples

14 to 24-foot fishing boats

runabouts shorter than 24 feet

small pontoons

speed boats under 24 feet

wakeboard boats (with tower removed)


Outdoor and covered parking provides flexibility for any size boat. Covered parking or vehicle storage has a few limitations, especially when it comes to height.  However, these options can usually accommodate boats that might be too large to fit inside a self storage unit drive-up building. Outdoor boat storage is a great option for wakeboard boats with towers that may make them too tall while on a trailer to fit inside of a self storage unit.


If you live in an area of the country where the climate gets cold from October through April, it’s important to winterize your boat before putting it into an indoor or outdoor parking unit. This information on the proper way to prepare your boat can also apply to owners in warmer locations who plan to use outdoor boat storage for extended periods of time. By preparing your boat for storage, you can avoid damage to the boat’s internal or external components.

Step 1: Be sure to clean your boat

Whether your boat sails in freshwater or saltwater, you should always wash it before storing it. This gets rid of any salt or grime that could damage the paint. We suggest a good wax and buff protect the paint as well. If your boat has leather or carpet on the inside, give it a good cleaning to ensure stains don’t set while in long-term storage.

Step 2: Top off all Fluids in Your Boat

All fluids should be replenished before storing your boat for the winter. Specifically, we are talking about fuel and oil. Don’t store your boat with anything less than a full tank of fuel because this can allow air and moisture to get inside the tank or engine which can damage your fuel system. Also, be sure to run antifreeze and a fuel stabilizer through your boat before storing.

Step 3: Remove Your Boat’s Battery

If you’re thinking of storing your boat in an outdoor or covered storage unit where it’s still susceptible to external temperatures, remove the battery, prior to storing. Batteries left in extreme heat or cold can be easily damaged. It’s best to take your boat’s battery out and bring it home with you where you can keep it charged until you pull your boat out of self storage.

Step 4: Put a Cover or Slip on Your Boat

A cover or slipcover for your boat isn’t necessary for all boats being stored in indoor storage; however, those stored in covered parking and outdoor storage should definitely have a boat cover or slip. This will protect your water vessel from any precipitation, debris, and other issues that could ruin the paint, seats, carpeting, etc.

Find the Best Boat Self Storage Unit Option

Looking for the best place to store a boat during The off-season or when you’re not having fun in the sun? Depending on the state you live in and what kind of boat you have, you’ll be able to consider either indoor or outdoor vehicle options!

Indoor Boat Storage Options

Dry-Stacked Storage: This is an option inside a warehouse with stacked compartments that keeps your boat secure and protected from the elements.

Garage Storage: Although you may have to move another vehicle outside to accommodate your boat, your garage at home provides both security and convenience at no cost.

Indoor Self Storage Unit: By keeping your boat inside a storage unit at a trusted facility, you can rest assured your boat is well-protected throughout the winter. The indoor parking spots are usually heated at a minimum. This means that the temperature that your boat is stored in will be between 65-85 degrees.

Outdoor Boat Storage Options

Parking in a Driveway: While this is by far the most affordable option, parking your boat at home in your driveway is a convenient and free way to store your boat all winter long. Investing in a hitch lock, or security cameras should be considered to add layers of security. 

Covered Storage Unit: Some self storage facilities offer covered vehicle storage, which provides a roof over your boat, giving it some protection from the elements.

Uncovered Storage Unit: This vehicle storage option is essentially a designated parking space in a secure, fenced-in area at a self storage facility.

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