Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Winterize to Save Time and Money

November is knocking at the door. If you're raking leaves or shoveling snow in many parts of North America, it's time to stop procrastinating and winterize your boat!

Winterizing the right way "can actually make spring commissioning an easier, less expensive experience" according to Alan Sorum, past Port Director and Harbormaster for the City of Valdez, Alaska.

Among the many tips on Alan’s Boating & Sailing blog:

  • Wash and wax the boat hull right after it’s taken from the water to make it easier to clean up for use next season.

  • Remove cushions, lifejackets and other items that could mildew.

  • It's the little things that make your boat last, and following a checklist will help you remember all the details. Ericka Watson has just such a checklist on her Powerboating Blog. Ericka also includes instructions for winterizing your boat's drive system, hull and interior.

    After following both Alan's and Ericka's advice, you'll be ready for spring and another season of boating in no time!


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