At this time of the year, as the weather is cooling off and the boating season is winding down, its the time to make your plans to winterize your boat. Spend the time now to protect your boat from the elements through the winter and you’ll save yourself a lot of hassles come spring. In addition, you’ll appreciate your boat’s enhanced performance when you keep up with the maintenance required when you own your own boat.
The most ideal location for your boat during the off-season, or any time you’re not going to be using it for an extended period of time, is out of the water. If you’re able to keep it under cover or even better, in a climate-controlled boat storage area, you’ll extend the life of your boat. While this can be expensive, we believe boat ownership comes with responsibilities and this is one of them. The better you care for your boat the better it will treat you and the longer it will last. If you ever decide to sell or trade it a boat that’s been well maintained and protected will be worth far more than one that has sat in the water continuously without any maintenance to speak of. Many people will opt to shrink-wrap their boat either themselves or at a marine center. It provides a protective cover while being out of the water and is less likely to blow off than a tarp would be.
It would be easiest for you to have a checklist of what is required when doing the winterizing process. First read the owner’s manual for your boat and motor to see what the manufacturer’s recommendations are on winterization. If you are a new boat owner, you may opt to let the professionals handle this for you.
At Marine Service Center we’re fully experienced in what is required to winterize a boat for South Carolina winters and we’d be happy to handle all of your boat’s winterization needs.