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Tips On Getting Your Boat Ready For The Warm Weather

Photo Credit: Chase Lewis

Photo Credit: Chase Lewis

When the weather starts to get warm you’ll want to make sure you’re ready to take your boat out of storage. After all, you’ll want to take your boat out the moment the weather allows you to. It’s important to perform an inspection sooner rather than later, you’d hate to try to take your boat out onto the water and have it not work.

In this article we’re going to highlight the steps you can take to de-winterize your boat and get it ready for warmer weather.

1. Start With Your Engine

Without your engine in proper condition your boat won’t be very effective. De-winterizing your engine will probably be the longest part of the process. If you didn’t change the oil before you brought your boat into Woodbridge car storage you’ll want to do this now. While you’re changing the oil it’s a good idea to also change your oil filter. After the oil change is complete it’s important to flush the cooling system and replace all the fluids.

Finally run an engine test and see where you’re at.

2. Inspect Your Vinyl and Canvas

Spend some time going over your seats, covers and top for any tears, dirt or mildew. Make sure to repair any tears and clean up any mildew or stains with the proper cleaners.

3. Review the Hull

During this phase you’ll want to inspect the hull for any chalky residue, as well as chips or cracks. If any chips or cracks appear you’ll want to repair them before you take your boat out on the water.

If you find the hull is chalky upon inspection, this usually points to oxidation. You’ll want to determine the level of oxidation you’re experiencing, and start a gelcoat plan to restore its luster.

4. Clean and Wax the Hull and Boat

Use a boat cleaner to clean the boats exterior. Once this is done you’ll want to apply a fresh coast of wax.

5. Polish Wood and Metal

Depending on your boat, you may have a combination of wood and metal or simply, one or the other. You’ll want to take time inspecting these materials, to see if, they need any repair or maintenance. Long-term neglect of these elements can lead to an eventual compromise of their integrity.

6. Test All Electronics

The last thing you’ll want to test are the electronics. It’s important that these are working correctly, before you get out onto the water. This includes the radio, depth finder, GPS, and any other electronics you may have.

I hope this article has been valuable and you now know what you need to do to once you take your boat out of Woodbridge car storage. Also, it’s important to do continued maintenance on your boat throughout spring and summer. By keeping up on maintenance and taking care of your boat, you’ll ensure several summers full of boating fun.

We serve our residents and military personnel from Woodbridge, Alexandria, Springfield and all across Northern Virginia. Give us a call today at (703) 339-0009, so we can talk about your needs!

Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!

ParadiseYay it’s finally Labor Day Weekend!! Seems like it’s been awhile since we had an actual extended weekend. Time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun and on the water.

Here at Gateway Storage Center, we fully expect our boat storage yard to be completely cleared out this weekend as everyone will be hitting the water. What’s nice is that it doesn’t matter what time of day you want to pick up your boat because Gateway Storage provides 24 hour gate access. So you can get out on the water and beat everyone else to the best spots.

If you’re not one of our happy customers and haven’t found the best place to park your liberty vessel upon return, give us a call and learn why Gateway Storage Center is the trusted leader for Woodbridge, Springfield, and Alexandria boat storage solutions. Conveniently located just off of I-95 with several boat launching ramps nearby, Gateway Storage Center is the best place to store your boat and trailer. Gateway Storage Center has ease of access, electric hook-ups, flexible terms and competitive rates. We make sure your boat is safe and secure in between trips to your favorite fishing hole, or wherever you find paradise out on the water.

So get off the computer and go enjoy your long weekend. The water is calling you! And when you get back, give us a call and learn more about our affordable boat storage options.

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend everybody!

Happy Fourth of July from Gateway Storage Center!

DSC04435Our family here at Gateway Storage Center would like to wish you and your family a very happy Fourth of July! Whether you’re spending time at the beach, on a boat, or both, we hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy all the things we get to enjoy because of our freedom and independence.

Being so close to our nation’s capital, we get to see firsthand all the hard work that men and women do every day to ensure our freedom is secure. So as we celebrate this wonderful holiday, we’d also like to thank all those that serve or have served our great nation. Thank you for your service and for ensuring that we get to have our backyard barbecues and sparklers on July 4th with nothing but smiles on our faces.

Located in Lorton, VA, Gateway Storage Center specializes in personal and commercial storage and parking solution for the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC metro area. We are Alexandria, Woodbridge, and Springfield resident’s favorite place for RV storage, boat storage, and trailer parking. We are also an affordable solution for contractor parking and storage, with flexible terms and competitive rates. Give us a call after your holiday weekend to learn more about our services and how we will work hard to ensure all your parking and storage needs are completely satisfied.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July! Enjoy those fireworks!

Woodbridge Boat Storage for Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Weekend could not have come sooner this year. It’s finally time to get that boat in the water and enjoy a long weekend out on the blue. You might even get to feed a duck flying behind your boat with a cracker from your hand. Now that’s definitely unforgettable!Duck!

We know how special those memories are, and how important it is for your boat to be safe and secure between voyages. That’s why we offer the best boat storage options, with a clean and organized facility that makes it easy to get your boat and get going.

Gateway Storage Center has been providing quality service to fishermen and pleasure boaters in Woodbridge, Springfield, Alexandria, and all across Northern VA for years. Our facility features extra wide aisle ways for easy navigation and 24-hour access so you can get on the water early in the morning and stay out late at night without worrying about restrictive hours. We also have extensive lighting and reflective parking markers to make those early morning fishing trips and late night returns stress-free. For those with batteries to charge, we offer spaces with electric hook-ups for trickle charging batteries.

Conveniently located off of I-95 in Lorton with quick access to launch ramps for the Potomac River, Gateway Storage is the premier choice for Woodbridge boat storage services. We offer flexible terms and competitive rates so you get the services you want at the best price.

Give us a call or stop by today!