Pontoon Storage Outdoors?

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  1. SuperSecretCIA

    SuperSecretCIA Be Like Mike!

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    I have always stored my pontoon boat indoors, either deflated and broken down, or inflated and ready to go in a garage. My problem is that I do not have a garage at my new place, so I have been thinking about storing my pontoon boat inflated and assembled outdoors under a tarp. Has anyone else done this and do I have to worry about rodents/critters chewing on my pontoon boat? :(
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd keep some circulation space between cover and boat. Mine sits outside, no critter issues so far.
     
  3. Matthew Kaphan

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    Mine sat outside for 8 months under an overhang. No problems to report.

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    I was just asking myself the same question recently. Ed, why do you recommend the circulation space?
     
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    Aside from rust issues, you should also be mindful of seam rot issues if your boat has any sewn seams. If it does, providing ventilation as Ed suggested is a good idea. You might also treat the seams with a waterproofing agent. Several come to mind, a DWR like Nikwax or a true seam sealer like SeamGrip, but I'd contact your manufacturer for their recommendation.
     
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    Space for circulation during wet months can prevent rot. During warm months cooling. The cover right on the tubes in wet time holds water in contact, and in summer the hot sun may heat the cover. Pressed on the tubes the heat is transferred, the space reduces the transfer of heat.
     
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    I've stored my Skookum pontoons outdoors for several years with no ill effects. Recently moved them indoors because what I thought was a never visited, secure spot was not, and someone "borrowed" my downriggers. Covered but ventilated as Ed and others mentioned is a good idea and other than throwing a chain and lock around them that's about all you'll need.
     
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    Do you guys have any pics of how you keep the tarp propped to allow circulation? Thanks.
     
  9. Ed Call

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    Lean bars! My 14' cat has lean bars that keeps the tarp off the tubes.
     
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