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Boating in the Winter

Feb 16, 2021
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Who said there’s a boating season? People continue to boat from Maine to Florida in the winter months. While many end their boating season around Labor Day in September, a good bunch will stay out on the water throughout the season. For those of you that fall into that category, keep reading. 

Winter means much less crowded waterways. Take this time to go explore the areas that are always packed. You’ll have plenty of space for free movement to see familiar places in a new light. Since there will be fewer boats out on the water you might be able to open the throttle a bit wider too.

If you decide to keep the boat in the water, there are a few things you should do:

  • Make sure the battery is charged. Batteries drain quicker in colder weather so it is important to make sure yours is staying charged. 
  • Check the drains and portholes, anything that can cause a leak. Check for leaks and make sure all seals are in good shape. You do not want water leaking in and freezing. That can cause damage and create slick surfaces. 
  • Make sure to change the oil as well. 
  • Always consult your owner's manual for all details about winter keep and storage.

Before you pull out into the cold waters, make sure you also dress the part. Think layers, layers, layers! It’s going to be chilly out there. Wear clothing that repels water from the outside but is breathable on the inside, like a nice warm windbreaker and a beanie. Always wear a pair of boating shoes to help prevent slipping and consider swapping skin goggles with your sunglasses during this time of year. They’re great at cutting sun glare and water reflection.

Have fun and stay safe and warm this season.