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Experts agree that downtime for your boat is tough on it. Corrosion can spread, leftover water can freeze and expand, sediments congeal from low temperatures resulting in a lot more work and cost in the Spring than necessary. We recommend a proactive approach following the manufacturer’s instructions and your own Certified Marine Mechanic’s program to minimize these costs. Key steps include:
Clean the vessel:
- Wash and wax the surfaces
- Clean windshields, trim and store canvas, preferably indoors
- Lubricate hinges, cleat mechanisms, ratchet mounts, etc.
- Check the storage areas for any moisture and dry them before shrink wrapping
Have your marine mechanic winterize your vessel including:
- Flush the cooling system and insert antifreeze
- Fill your fuel tank to avoid condensation within the system; change the filters and oil; add a stabilizer, use fogging oil.
- Ask your mechanic to inspect the trailer as well, noting any lubricants or repairs needed
- Marine batteries should be removed and stored inside
For winter storage, the best option (and the most expensive) is to place the vessel in an indoor heated facility. If this is unsuitable, shrink wrapping affords the best protection for your boat. Installing a tightly fit shrink wrapped cover with critter proof vents will ensure that everything on board is protected and remains as clean as possible during the blustery Fall, cold Winter and wet Spring!
The common sense rule is if you’re unsure of what to do, consult with the boats manufacturer, local marina and certified mechanic.
Our new website is here!!! During the creation of this website we’ve been given a lot of advice including: blog, blog, blog as it will increase traffic to the site and you’ll be relevant.” “Meta tags are useless, meta tags are still important, but SEO or (search engine optimization, for those of you not in the know) is what your site needs.” Not sure yet what works, but we’re passionate about telling the story. AtomicWrap.com has been around for several years and its growing. We’ve read dozens of other blogs and most are just a commercial about how Company A solved a customer problem and sold more shrink wrap in the process. Nice story, but a little predictable. We’re aiming for a different spin and prefer to make it about the reader and not the writer. Prolific author Frank Herbert wrote “that the primary function of fiction is to entertain,” but as Ezra Pound, one of his literary models, wrote: “If a book reveals to us something of which we were unconscious, it feeds us with its energy.” “The best way to entertain is to provoke, to make people think.” We couldn’t agree more, but this will be non-fiction. My goal in this blog is to relate an experience that someone may find helpful and useful. We have found that sometimes all you need is a little insight from another who’s been there before and voila, problem solved. Not sure how much entertainment value there’ll be, but will try because after all if you can’t laugh at yourself, you may as well laugh at others. More later…