Spending a few hours at the lake, catching fish, trying your hand at water sports, and just enjoying the serenity of the water are all excellent ways to spend the day. However, when your time on the water is over, you need to decide what you want to do with your boat.

Though it's possible to store your boat at your home, this option requires a large amount of your driveway or garage space. Another alternative is to store your boat in a storage unit specifically for watercraft.

You can use your storage unit for short periods of time when you're between trips to the lake during the warmer months, or you may stow your boat in the unit for longer periods during the winter. Here are a few things you need to do before putting your boat in storage.

1. Make Sure That Your Insurance and License Are Up to Date

When you get your boat out of storage, it's more convenient if the boat is ready for the water; this includes any logistical tasks associated with owning a boat, like purchasing insurance for the boat, making sure that its registration is up to date, and checking that your boat license is still valid.

You don't want to head to your storage unit only to discover that your registration has run out. Some boat storage facilities may even require that you have all of these items updated when you put your boat in storage.

2. Remove Your Belongings from the Boat

At the storage facility, your boat will be stored in a secure area that you can access when it's convenient for you. Though your possessions will be safe if you do leave them on the boat, this means that you won't have access to your items during the time your boat is in storage unless you want to make a trip to the storage facility.

It's best to remove most personal belongings from your boat when you store it. This ensures that you know where everything is and guarantees that you have access to the items.

3. Clean Your Boat Up

Before stowing your boat, take a few moments to clean both the interior and exterior. Make sure that you wipe off and remove any excess moisture from the boat's cushions and seating so that they don't develop mildew or mold. If you spilled something during your last trip, take a few moments to mop your boat's deck.

Wash any dirt and grime from the boat's exterior. For an extra layer of protection, you may want to consider waxing it to make sure the boat is gleaming for your next trip.

Contact a boat storage rental facility for more information.