For many boaters, the summer boating season has ended and their boats are being hauled, or have already been hauled, and winterized ready for the cold winter months.
There are many winterizing jobs that can be done by your marina, but there are also many things you should remember to do yourself, to ensure you have a trouble-free winter.
Boating All Year?
For you lucky boaters who are fortunate enough to boat all year, you have an opportunity to improve your skills and knowledge, to enjoy boating more.
There is almost always a better way to do everything on a boat. Don’t get stuck in a rut.
Storing Your Boat
- WinterEYES your boat before you kiss it goodbye for the winter. Read More
- Ventilate the interior of your boat to prevent mold and mildew caused by extreme temperature changes in confined spaces. Read more
- Rodent proof your boat. After you move out, they move in and nest in left behind paper, bedding, canvas, headliner and eat whatever you didn’t. Remove everything a rodent would like. Read more
- Dry out your anchor locker and hang your anchor line to dry. It has been wet all season. Read more
- Check your Tarp or shrink wrap often during the winter to make sure it hasn’t been damaged by wind, tree branches, etc. The slightest hole or tear could be the beginning of the end of your cover in a bad wind storm. Read more
- Hang canvas so it can air to avoid mold and eliminate a nesting invitation.
- Make lists of repairs to be done over the winter months—a list of jobs for you to do and a list for your marina to do. Then schedule the repairs. Read More
- Sign up for another Power Squadron Course. Knowledge = Confident boating.
Boating All Year
For boaters enjoying boating all year, now is a good time to take advantage of some of the following tips. There are many more, but these will get you started
- Improve Your Berthing or Docking Skills. There are many methods of docking/berthing boats but some work better than others—especially for recreational family boating. Some boaters find techniques or procedures that work really well in their particular situation, but it may not be duplicated in other situations or for other boats. Why not get the best?
- Teach your Crew to tie Knots. You only need six. Read More
- Stick Your Head in the Bilge. Just because you haven’t had any problems before, doesn’t mean you never will. Stay safe. Read more
- Plug in the Correct End First. Which end of your shore cord do you plug in first? Ensure you are doing it correctly. The answer may electrify you. Read More
- Use the Wheel!? For boats with twins, do you use the wheel or not when berthing/docking? You may be surprised at the answer. (There is so much misinformation out there) Read More
- Look After Your Head. Does your head smell? There are many causes of head or holding tank odor. If you notice a problem brewing on your boat, it may be time to take action. Read more
- Protect Your Hands when tying and anchoring. A simple pair of gardening gloves may be all you need.
- Save your Dinghy. How far back are you towing your dinghy? How do you know your line is the right length?
- Avoid Harbour Dangers. Electric shock drowning, CO poisoning and chemicals are taking too many lives. Learn more so you can avoid the deadly consequences for your family. Read More
- Look After Your Fenders While Underway. What do you do with your fenders after you leave the dock? Is there a better way? Read more
- Look after Your Dock Lines After you Leave the Dock. What do you do with your lines when you leave the dock? Read more
- Tie Correctly. Do you know the test to determine whether your boat is tied correctly or not? Read More
- Take a Friend Boating. Share your boating lifestyle with friends. We all enjoy the water in different ways, so why not take a sailor on your power boat or vice versa. Or, why not take a non-boating friend out on your boat and introduce them to the boating lifestyle? Just a thought.
Most of all, enjoy every minute you can on the water. Improve your skills and learn new tips and tricksto minimize the work and increase the pleasure.