Down throughout the ages, the question of how to protect valuable and precious items has plagued mankind. The question of protecting against threats – the ravages of weather or the prospect of vandals or thieves – has remained a constant.
History is replete with examples of the lengths to which our forebears went to protect high-value items. Perhaps the penultimate is the Egyptian pyramids – designed to house the mortal remains of pharaohs and nobility to preserve and protect them in readiness for the afterlife.
While that may now appear an extravagant excess, the concept of storing and protecting precious assets and goods remains a practical consideration today.
Unique and classic cars
For motoring enthusiasts, the restoration and maintenance of a vintage or classic car not only represents a great investment of time and expense but the ongoing protection against weather and damage must also be seriously considered.
Protective garaging plays a vital role in whether the vehicle is used as a daily driver or as a show car. With the growing demand for purpose-built facilities, prestigious enterprises such as The Vault have taken this storage concept to the next level regarding presentation and luxury.
Jewelry and precious metals
When one mentions the storage of precious metals, perhaps the singular thought that comes to people’s minds is the Fort Knox bullion depository. However, an interesting factoid to perhaps show just how seriously storage and protection is taken is that the actual layout and contents of the Fort Knox facility is only known to a precious few, and no one person knows the full procedures to open the vault!
The storage of precious metals and jewelry items is typically managed via locked storage for the rest of us. However, for investment purposes, many banks provide purpose-built safe deposit boxes for family heirlooms and precious pieces.
For jewelry items used as daily or occasional wear, a range of home safes, including in-floor and in-wall installations, are available. These permit a high level of safety while still providing convenient accessibility.
Boats and airplanes
A natural progression from open marinas and boat moorings is developing protected “dry stack” storage facilities. Often resembling an open multi-story car park, these exclusive use boat stacking facilities now permit the boat owner to store small and mid-size powerboats and cruisers when not in use.
Saltwater is particularly corrosive, and these facilities ensure a protected environment during periods of disuse. Facilities typically provide additional chandlery services, including maintenance, fueling, and cleaning. The service operator will typically launch or retrieve the boat for the owner, saving the owner a great deal of time and effort.
For the aviation enthusiast, it is a case of taking the hangar to the house. Recent years have seen the development and rise of purpose-built communities, or ‘airparks’, adjacent to small aerodromes or airfields. With a hangar attached to each house in the small housing development, a series of taxiways connect the houses to the main airfield taxiway.
What better way to spend a lazy Sunday – a leisurely scenic flight than a short taxi home for dinner!
Protecting and preserving valuable assets is a necessity, but sometimes it also becomes a labor of love. Class, style, and luxury can also extend to the act of safekeeping those precious assets.
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