If you're considering leaving your Jet Ski or boat at your cottage for the winter, or parked beside your home, but you don't have additional enclosed garage space for the machine, there are some alternative options. You'll want to make sure that the watercraft is ready for winter mechanically and that you have the right protection. If you don't want to pay for a storage unit, you'll want to try paying for a carport or covering for the cottage or at your home instead. Here are a few things to get done before the cold weather hits to protect your investment.
Tune-Up the Watercraft
Dirty oil and other fluids can damage the internal mechanical components of the watercraft engine and other areas if left to sit over the winter. Condensation can occur with the fluids as seasonal temperatures change, so you want the fluids full to prevent dilution. Have the boat tuned-up to make sure that all the fluids are clean, and then remove the battery to preserve it from cold temperatures.
Winterize the Exterior
Have the watercraft winterized so that it's wrapped and air can't get in. This is going to prevent dust from settling inside the boat and causing staining, and it can stop pests from getting inside the boat. The wrapping can also prevent leaves and other debris that possibly fall on the boat, which can cause scratching and staining. Having the watercraft professionally cleaned and detailed before you put it away makes it water ready and clean when you uncover it.
Get a Carport
An aluminum carport, such as from Sauer & Sons Construction, is ideal for storing a watercraft. This is much more affordable than adding an attached garage, or adding onto the garage, and the carport can be used for storage for your watercraft for years. You don't have to pay monthly like you would with a storage unit, and you can keep the watercraft on your property. The carport will protect the watercraft from rain, snow, debris, and fallen items that could cause damage.
There are a lot of different ways that you can protect your watercraft as you store it for the winter, but covering it is an ideal option. There are drop down sides you can also get to go with the carport, if you want the watercraft to be totally enclosed. Talk with your insurance provider about storage insurance if you have additional storage concerns, and you want to make sure that the potential problems are covered.