TOWING YOUR BOAT SAFELY

Boats are usually sold along with an appropriate trailer. However, if you bought your boat from an individual seller or you’ve changed vehicles, you might not be using the right trailer. It’s a good idea to understand proper towing procedure to protect both your boat and your vehicle.

Size and capacity are key here. You must figure out the combined weight of the boat and engine as well as a trailer’s load capacity. If the weight is 90% of more of the capacity, you’ll need the next size trailer. What you carry on the boat will quickly use up that extra 10% or less, so it’s not worth taking the chance.

You’ll also want to inspect the coupler and ball hitch used to connect the trailer to your vehicle. The sizes need to match perfectly, otherwise they could separate mid-tow. Frame-mounted hitches always provide more security than bumper-mounted ones. Consider switching if you are able.

Another factor that can make a huge difference is the size of your vehicle. The amount of weight a vehicle can pull depends on a lot of factors. Usually, larger vehicles can handle similar weights, but you always need to check the manufacturer’s guidelines to be safe. Depending on make and model, full-size trucks and SUVs can often tow up to 20,000 pounds. Smaller SUVs and other vehicles may only be able to handle 3,500 pounds or less.

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).

KEEPING YOUR BOAT CLEAN AND PROTECTED

Your boat is a big investment, so keeping it clean and maintained is key. Storing it at Big Item Storage lets you access our washing stations to make the job much easier. Here are a few more tips to keep your boat in the best shape possible.

After a day out on the water, you’ll want to give your boat a top to bottom rinse. A good rinse will loosen any grime and make it easier to wash. This is especially important if you can’t fully wash the boat right away.

Choosing a boat-specific cleanser is your best bet. Harsh cleansing agents in other products can damage the finish. It’s important to attack the job in sections, otherwise soap will dry on the surface. Use a cloth or gentle sponge with a lot of lather to tackle a defined section. Then rinse that area before moving to the next section.

After drying your boat, you’ll want to apply a coat of wax. The wax creates a barrier that will make your next cleaning even easier. Purchase a boat-specific wax and apply in small sections, buffing it with a cloth as you go. With a little TLC, your boat will stay protected and looking great!

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).

KEEPING YOUR BOAT IN GOOD SHAPE

Fishing season is here, and it’s the perfect time to get your boat out for some fun on the water. Big Item Storage wants you to have a great time out there, so here are a few tips to help your boat stay in great shape this season.

Before even getting your boat out on the water, make it a habit to check your engine and propeller. Even if you are confident of their condition, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Check for leakage, dents in the metal, and to ensure everything runs smoothly. Also, keep your boat topped up on fuel. This will prevent moisture from getting into your tank. If anything looks off, take it into a certified shop to get checked out. It only takes one missed detail to lead to a problem

When you are out on the water, you should do your best to keep your boat dry. Moisture of any kind can become an issue if left to its own devices. Some of the risks are corroded metal and mildew growth. These problems can be a mere hassle, but they can easily turn into something expensive. Keep a few towels on your boat for the sole purpose of wiping up any stray water that gets onto your boat. If you do spot corrosion, make sure to tackle it immediately.

These few small things can keep your boat going for years to come!

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).

STOCKING YOUR BOAT WITH ESSENTIALS

You’ve got your cooler, sunglasses, and your fishing gear, and you’re ready to head out for a day on the water. Most serious boaters keep things like a well-stocked first-aid kit and flares on hand, but what things are you leaving behind that might be necessary or useful? Read on for some suggestions for what to make sure you take with you when you take your boat out for the day.

Life vests are something every boater is used to having on hand. But have you checked your supply lately? Make sure you have the appropriate sizes for everyone on board and a couple extra just in case. You’ll want to check for wear and tear periodically and test buoyancy. Doing a little preparation ahead of time can literally save a life. Don’t forget about your four-legged friends too!

Another lifesaving device to consider is a locator beacon. In an emergency, the beacon can lead rescuers to your location. They’re designed to survive harsh and will work in areas cell phones can’t. You’ll want to change out the batteries as recommended by the manufacturer.

Lastly, make sure you have your boat registration at all times. It’s a good idea to keep it in a waterproof bag or container with other documents related to your boat. If you take the original, keep a copy at home, just in case.

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).

PROTECTING YOUR BOAT

Storing your boat at Big Item Storage is a smart way to protect your investment. Having an enclosed space protects the finish from harsh weather and sun. You’ll get a lot more life out of your boat. But just as important is keeping it properly cleaned. Big Item makes this much easier, with washing stations for your use. Here are a few tips to help keep your boat spotless.

The first step is a good rinse from top to bottom to loosen dirt and grime. A boat-specific cleanser is the best tool for washing up, as you won’t risk damage to the finish. Work on one section of a time so the soap won’t dry on the surface. Get a good lather and wash with a gentle sponge or cloth. Rinse that section before moving on to the next.

Once you’ve completed all sections, you’ll want to buff the surface well. This will prepare the surface for waxing. Use a boat-specific wax and apply it in small sections. Make sure to buff the section before moving forward. The wax will serve as a barrier to repel dirt, resulting in less cleaning. Follow these steps, and you’ll keep your boat protected and looking great!

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).

KEEPING YOUR BOAT IN GOOD SHAPE

Keeping your boat out of the elements is a great way to protect your investment. It minimizes the risk of damage and fading. But you’ll also need to properly clean it to keep it in good shape. The washing station at Big Item Storage makes it easier for you to get your boat spotless. Before you store with us, here are some tips for keeping your boat in tip-top shape. Continue reading “KEEPING YOUR BOAT IN GOOD SHAPE”

PUTTING SOME “ELBOW GREASE” INTO YOUR BOAT

Deciding to store your boat at Big Item Storage is a great way to protect your investment. You have an enclosed, dry space to keep the elements from damaging and fading it. But there’s something you can do that’s just as or even more important to keep your boat in good shape, and that’s cleaning it well. Big Item Storage makes it easier for you with access to a washing station, but there are a few steps to take to get your boat spotless. Continue reading “PUTTING SOME “ELBOW GREASE” INTO YOUR BOAT”

SELECTING DRY STORAGE FOR YOUR BOAT

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With school back in session and summer coming to an end, you may find yourself using your boat less frequently. It might make sense to use “wet” storage at a marina if you continue to take your boat out often, but even then, there are many reasons to consider “dry” storage on land. Whether or not you choose Big Item Storage to protect your boat, you should carefully consider the benefits to storing your boat on dry land.

Boats left in the water can often take damage to the outer hull, especially if not carefully monitored. Even the smallest crack in the fiberglass can allow water to seep in, which can cause severe damage. This can result in costly repairs or replacement of parts long before their time. You cannot be on your boat 24-7, so you might not even be aware of any damage to the hull until it’s too late.

Damage from storms can also result in unexpected repair or replacement to other parts of the boat. It can even lead to your boat sinking. Living on the Gulf Coast, we get used to preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms, but even a strong thunderstorm can affect your boat. Things like debris, strong winds, and hail can cause a large amount of harm to your boat, leaving you with expensive and time-consuming repairs.

Leaving your boat in the water also exposes it to the merciless Texas sun. But storing your boat on land at Big Item Storage means you have a dedicated storage space that protects your boat from the elements. You’ll know your boat is safe and secure, without the large marina fees.

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).

PROTECTING YOUR BOAT BY KEEPING IT CLEAN

Cleaning BoatStoring your boat keeps it safe from the elements, which goes a long way to protecting your investment. But if you don’t keep it clean, all the protection in the world won’t matter. When you store your boat at Big Item Storage, you not only get an enclosed spot to store your boat, but also you have access to a washing station that makes cleaning easy. Continue reading “PROTECTING YOUR BOAT BY KEEPING IT CLEAN”