When it is cold we tend to forget about boating and our boats. We tuck them away in storage or just leave them sitting, alone and abandoned. You can show them that you care by providing some TLC. The following projects are sure to make your boat happy while preparing it for spring.
Give Your Boat a Hose Job
Hoses and clamps are often overlooked and underappreciated until one of them decides to fail and then it’s panic time. Inspect all your hose runs and hose clamps for cracks, rust and wear. Replace any hose run that show signs of cracking, kinked or abraded. Replace any hose clamp that has rust – even stainless steel corrodes. If the hose leads to a through-hull, double clamp both ends. This will better assure that you will find your boat floating when you get back to boating in the spring. If it is beyond your skill level, hire a professional from MarineMax, and your boat will know how much you care.
Give Your Boat the Spa Treatment
Winter is a good time to fix all the nicks, scratches, dings and dents that you didn’t have time for while you and your boat were playing all summer. Fiberglass repair kits, polishes and wax can be found at most boating accessory and parts stores as well as many MarineMax stores. It may be time to take advantage of a MarineMax Makeover. MarineMax fiberglass repair professionals can make your boat look like new.
Makeover Your Boat’s Bottom
Cleaning your boats bottom of bugs, growth, debris and contaminants will reduce drag and have your boat looking sharp in the spring. If you keep your boat in saltwater, winter is a good time to give your boat a “bottom job” by painting it with anti-fouling paint. Bottom paint varies greatly from hard coating to ablative and by the amount of copper and other anti-fouling chemicals. With hard coat bottom paint the old paint must be removed before applying a new coat. With most ablative paint you can paint over the previous coat after thoroughly cleaning the bottom. With both, you will want to put two coats minimum. Your local MarineMax store is a good resource on what works best in your area.
Buy Your Boat Some New Toys
If your boat has been intending to upgrade her marine electronics, audio system or satellite TV system, winter is a prime time to do-it-yourself or hire a professional installer. Many MarineMax stores have great deals on these systems and can provide for their installation.
Spruce Up Your Boats Ride
Winter is a great time to thoroughly inspect your boats trailer. Putting your boat in and out of the water repeatedly exposes the trailer to a corrosive environment. Make sure the wiring is all intact and all lights work including side lights. Check the brakes (if any) and suspension. You wouldn’t want to stress your boat when a wheel falls off. It may be time to replace your trailer. Your local MarineMax is a great resource for repairing or replacing your boats trailer. I am sure your boat would appreciate an new ride.
Take the time to show your boat you care this winter and be ready for warmer weather!