Owning a boat can be a great way to enjoy the water in a variety of ways. Speed boats are a pleasure to race for cash prizes or other awards. Sailboats let you enjoy the water at the pace that the wind blows the sails and moves the boat along the waves. Row boats, yachts and many other kinds of boats make water sports and pleasure boating some of the most enjoyable past times around.

If you own a boat that is kept on the water, storing your boat may only be necessary when the weather is bad or when seasons change if you live in a state where the water freezes during the winter time. Perhaps the safest and most secure way to store your boat is to have a boat shed built on the water behind your home. This is probably the most expensive way to store your boat and is not transferable if you move to another home and want to take your boat with you.

Even if you do not live in an area where removing your boat is necessary in the winter, you still have occasions when you want to store your boat out of the water. Some of these occasions include when your boat is not in use for any extended length of time, if you keep your boat in an area that has periods where it is closed, and when in climate weather is threatening and an advisory has been sent out saying you need to remove your boat from the water.

Boat storage can be made simple and secure when you know the best places to store your boat and are sure that it will be kept safe and secure while it is there. If you are searching for boat storage, there are a few basic things you should know about where you plan to store your boat before you pay your money and put your boat in someone's care.

Before you begin your search for boat storage, determine how long you will need to use the storage and what kind of storage you prefer. For example, there are boat storage areas very close to the water that simply places your boat in a hoist above the water and beneath a shed enclosure that protects it from direct exposure to the climate but not climate control such as you would receive in an indoor storage area. Make sure you find out whether your boat will be given an oil change before going into storage and a tune up if you plan to store your boat for a lengthy period of time such as a year or more.

When you start searching for boat storage, as sayings go, check your own back yard first. If you have a large back yard and zoning or homeowner's association rules do not prohibit boat storage, consider storing your boat in your own back yard. If this is not an option, your proverbial back yard can include local boat warehouses, boat sheds, and outdoor boat storage facilities to name a few.

Boat warehouses are perhaps the nicest choices because your boat is protected indoors and safe from weather hazards, tampering and accidental damage. Many boat warehouses have relatively easy terms and offer discounts for extended periods of storage. Using a boat warehouse does require you to have your boat shipped to the warehouse unless the service is provided in your rental fee.

Boat sheds are also a simple and secure way to store your boat near the water or inland. Boat sheds are convenient and easy storage that usually protects your boat on several sides but your boat is not completely enclosed and should have its own covering to protect glass and interior furnishings. Boat sheds are usually less expensive and more readily available than boat warehouses. Boat sheds are a great choice for seasonal storage such as winter but can also be used for longer periods of storage.

Outdoor boat storage facilities and lots are probably the easiest way to store your boat. Outdoor boat storage facilities are readily available if you need to store your boat in an emergency and have some of the most flexible storage terms around. Outdoor boat storage facilities are seldom completely full, virtually guaranteeing that you can store your boat there. Rates for outdoor boat storage facilities are usually less because less is provided meaning you'll have to protect your boat from the elements.