Boat Owners Turn to Self-Storage Steel and Metal Buildings

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With many cities and towns banning the storing of boats in driveways and on streets, a growing number of boat owners are looking to self-storage facilities to keep their boats safe, sound and out of the way.

You can even offer little extras for the boat owners

Whether it's in the ocean or on a lake, every summer millions of boating enthusiasts take to the water for as long as daylight is available. Unfortunately, with the number of recreational boats increasing, boat storage has become an issue.

Many cities and towns have passed ordinances saying that bulky vehicles like boats must be hidden behind a 7-foot fence so that they're not visible in driveways or streets. However, a mandate like that leaves boat owners in a lurch. And with more people looking into the purchase of boats, the problem of storage will only get worse.

Because of this, a growing number of boat owners are looking to self-storage steel and metal buildings to keep their boats safe, sound and out of the way.

"If your facility is on the way to the lake, you've got a great opportunity with boat storage," said Dean Brown, president of American Steel Buildings. "Boat owners can't store at home. Docks are convenient, but they're pricy and there's limited space. A steel or metal building for boat storage could be the best of both worlds."

According to Brown, boat storage isn't too different from regular self storage, and may even be easier in some cases. A nice boat can cost around $50,000 or more, so boat owners are going to be willing to pay well and on time for good storage and peace of mind.

"You can even offer little extras for the boat owners," Brown said. "Give them easy hook-up, where all they have to do is call ahead and you'll bring the boat out for them. Make sure you have security cameras in the facility and a guard on premises. That will help your customers feel like they're getting more than their money's worth."

A boat storage facility can also offer protection from the elements, which boat owners would be unable to get at home with just a tarp to protect their investment. Although some clients might hesitate to lose the chance at an easy-access spot at the docks, Brown suggests offering 24-hour access to your storage facility so they won't feel any inconvenience.

"Recreational boating is a big deal," said Brown. "And as long as it continues, people will need a place to store their boats when they're not using them. That's a niche we can fill."

For more information about boat storage steel and metal buildings, visit American Steel Buildings online at

About American Steel

American Steel Buildings designs and distributes quality pre-engineered commercial steel buildings, including mini-storage/self-storage buildings, offices, shops, retail businesses, warehouses, churches and agricultural buildings.

American Steel planted its roots in the heart of America in the 1980s. American Steel offers service and quality products to a growing customer base that now spans the entire United States.

Since its buildings include construction drawings, most smaller buildings can be erected with basic construction knowledge. However, American Steel also offers erection labor services, and all buildings are designed to be compliant with local codes.

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