Mike Davenport

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Here are ten tips for safely storing your rowing equipment.

Rowing Equipment Storage

Storage can be hard (very hard) on rowing equipment. In fact some drastic, devastating, and really unpleasant things can happen to rowing equipment when it is stored.

Preparing to store rowing equipment for an extended period (more than a week) necessitates that you first take a few important steps. Why? So your equipment survives the storage and is ready to row another day.

Here are my ten suggestions for safe storage:

Step 1: Take active steps to prevent any fires, including having a site visit by a Fire Marshall, and/or insurance agent.

Step 2: Store all equipment out of direct sunlight.

Step 3: Wash and dry all equipment, especially those made of naturally materials, completely before storing.

Step 4: Check storage site for evidence of insects and rodents.

Step 5: Make repairs on equipment before storing.

Step 6: If the temperature drops well below freezing, store outboard motors in heated areas, or make sure to drain all water from the engines.

Step 7: Remove batteries from all electrical items (e.g., flashlights, megaphones) except those in which the manufacturer has sealed in the battery in, such as in a Cox-Box.

Step 8: Store equipment only in areas that are dry, well ventilated, and do not experience drastic temperature extremes or are prone to flooding.

Step 9: Clean up all trash and waste areas. They can be potential fire hazards and attract uninvited guest of the four legged variety.

Step 10: Take proper security measures. Here you are looking to thwart uninvited guests of the two legged variety.

Mike Davenport has been involved in the sport of rowing since 1975. Now he is the head rowing coach at Washington College, in Chestertown, MD. For several years Mike was involved with the U.S. National Team, as their Boatman; and in 1996 he was the Boatman for the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team. Currently, his company, SportWork, is the leading educational consultancy for USRowing and their Coaching Education Program. Mike has written eleven books, seven of which are about rowing. His Web site http://maxrigging.com and his monthly e-zine MaxRigging strive to supply the latest and greatest information about rowing and the rigging of rowing equipment.

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