It’s that time of year—time to start thinking about winterizing and storing your boat. Winterization services for your boat are of paramount importance for several reasons, and the team of top-tier, certified service providers at Skipjack Cove Marina are ready to assist. Here are the reasons why you should take winterization seriously:
- Preventing Moisture Damage: Water can freeze, expand, and cause severe damage to your boat’s systems, including engines, plumbing, and electronics. Proper winterization involves draining and protecting these systems to prevent costly repairs.
- Stabilizing Fuel: Fuel can degrade over time, leading to engine problems. Winterization includes adding fuel stabilizers to preserve the fuel quality and prevent fuel system issues.
- Engine Protection: Winterizing your boat’s engine involves flushing it with fresh water to remove salt and impurities. It also includes fogging the engine with oil to prevent corrosion and lubricating key components.
- Avoiding Freezing Damage: In colder climates, water left in hoses, pipes, or the engine block can freeze and crack. Winterization ensures that all water is removed, reducing the risk of costly repairs.
- Protecting Electrical Systems: Moisture can damage electrical systems and cause corrosion. Proper winterization includes disconnecting batteries, covering exposed connections, and protecting electronics.
- Hull and Exterior Care: Cleaning and waxing the boat’s hull not only preserves its appearance but also shields it from moisture and contaminants during storage.
- Preventing Mildew and Mold: Moisture in the cabin or upholstery can lead to mold and mildew growth. Winterization services often include thorough cleaning and ensuring proper ventilation to prevent this issue.
- Safety: Properly winterized boats are less prone to unexpected issues, making them safer to operate when you’re ready to get back on the water.
- Preserving Resale Value: Boats that receive regular winterization services tend to have a higher resale value. Buyers are more confident in purchasing a well-maintained boat.
- Compliance with Warranty and Insurance: Some boat warranties and insurance policies may require proper winterization as a condition for coverage. Failing to winterize your boat as instructed could void these benefits.
Winterization services are vital for preserving your boat’s condition, ensuring its safety and reliability, and protecting your investment. By taking these steps, you can enjoy a worry-free boating season when warmer weather returns. Skipjack is excited to offer 10% off all Winterization services and winter storage at Skipjack Cove Marina in Georgetown, Maryland!* Learn more about what we offer for service and storage at: skipjackcovemd.com/services. Make sure when booking your appointment to mention this article!
*New customers only. Cannot have a pre-existing contract. Subject to manager approval. Offer expires 12/31/23.