Winter may not be out to get you, but it sure seems to be after your boat. Reading through 10 years' worth of winterizing claims, the Seaworthy editors were astonished at how many ways cold weather and ice can damage something made of metal, plastic, and fiberglass that lives its life out in the elements. The single most common winterizing mistake is not getting all the water out of — or enough antifreeze into — the engine, which is why our new winterizing brochure focuses on making sure you don't end up with a cracked engine block or manifold. But there are a lot of other ways winter can get your boat, most of which could be avoided with good winterizing practices. Engine damage aside, these are the 10 most common winter "gotchas" and how to avoid them.
We have been operating seven days per week since April keeping your boats on the water where they should be. Now that we have most of the boats winterized and safely tucked away in our boat storage facility, it is time to cut down the hours of operation.
Can you believe it is October already? My first season working at a marina since 1995 is already coming to close. It is a short season. As a business we are pretty busy from about mid-April until the end of November, but for most boat owners, the season is not much longer than 8-weeks.
It is always sad to see summer fade away. We had such great boating weather this year on the Ottawa River. It seemed every weekend was hot and sunny. We did have a few days where the wind was high or the rain clouds persisted, but for the most part, this was a fantastic boating season. It is now...