PREPARING YOUR FISHING GEAR FOR STORAGE

If you’re fishing all year, you might not think too much about the best way to store your gear. However, even the most avid anglers don’t fish every day. So keeping your equipment clean and protected is a must.

Fishing rods require a little TLC to maintain. Watch for loose or exposed wraps so you can replace them. You’ll also want to replace any grooved or worn guides. Extreme temperatures can cause the rods to bend. Storing them horizontally can do the same.

The reels are often neglected when cleaning fishing equipment. The best method for caring for them is to completely disassemble them. Clean all of the parts thoroughly, including handles and all hardware. Don’t forget to replace worn or old parts and lubricate everything well before reassembling.

While your rods and reels are your most important equipment, you shouldn’t neglect your accessories either. Lures, hooks, and tackle should be inspected, cleaned, and dried well before storing. Same with any tools you use. Don’t forget to sharpen dull hooks and filet knives. Lastly, inspect your waders and boots for leaks and wear. A flashlight can help you locate tiny holes that might not be visible.

A little time spent before you store your gear makes all the difference.

Whether you’re storing your boat, RV, or other large items, Big Item Storage can accommodate your needs. Both our Rockport and Corpus Christi locations are clean and secure. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).

CONSIDERATIONS WHEN STORING YOUR BOAT

A boat is a large investment, so where and how you store it is an important decision. Many people assume a marina is the best option, but that can be pricey. Also, the constant exposure to the elements can make the boat old before its time.

Choosing to store your boat on land helps preserve its value, but storing it at home can be problematic. Covering it with a tarp or overhang will not completely protect it from the elements. Your insurance might have restrictions governing the place and type of storage. Many Home Owner Associations and some municipalities also regulate storage of vehicles and boats. If you violate these restrictions, you’ll be subject to hefty fines, attorney fees, and court costs.

Large unit storage provides the perfect solution. Your boat will be shielded from the elements. You’ll have access to it when you need it. You can even back your trailer into the unit to make removing the boat easier. It’s the best way to protect your investment.

Whether you’re storing your boat, RV, or other large items, Big Item Storage can accommodate your needs. Both our Rockport and Corpus Christi locations are clean and secure. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).

EVALUATING USED BOATS

If Santa didn’t bring you a boat this year, you may be looking to purchase a boat in the new year. But have you considered buying used instead of new? Just like cars, new boats take a huge depreciation hit as soon as you sign the paperwork. A used boat bypasses that hit in value. However, there are some things you need to look out for when evaluating a used boat.

While many used boats are for sale simply because of finances, damage can be hiding underneath the surface. Even those experienced with sailing don’t have the knowledge to spot all the possible defects. Accordingly, hiring a marine surveyor to evaluate your purchase is a good idea. Their evaluation fee could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you don’t have the extra money for an inspection or if the boat isn’t worth a lot of money, you might want to risk evaluating it yourself. In that case, there are a few things you can do to better protect yourself. Variations in color and texture of the boat’s materials are a red flag. These variations often indicate repairs. Any new items within the boat such as carpet or electronics could also signal repair work. Many owners replace these items after water damage but fail to disclose this to new buyers. Make sure to carefully inspect interior elements such as hardware and system components for hidden corrosion.

Whether you’re storing your boat, RV, or other large items, Big Item Storage can accommodate your needs. Both our Rockport and Corpus Christi locations are clean and secure. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).