Winter is on its way, and responsible boat owners should begin to plan for the colder months ahead. Properly caring for your vessel over the winter will prolong its life and maintain its value. Below, find six tips on winter storage from the team at Brewer Yacht Sales.
“Consider having your boat stored and shrink-wrapped at your local Brewer marina, where the opening will be properly placed for winter showings and a full vessel assessment can be made revealing any necessary repairs.”-Dave Pugsley, CPYB, Brewer Yacht Sales General Manager.
“Be sure to remove as many personal belongings from the vessel as possible. Cold temperatures and moisture can ruin items that may be costly to replace, and fewer belongings make the vessel seem more expansive during a showing.” -Mark Andrews, CPYB, Brewer Yacht Sales Broker, Westbrook, CT
“Check your battery for corrosion. Loose or corroded plug ends can catch fire: a new battery costs less than a new boat, so I recommend replacing the battery if needed!”-Fred Brown, CPYB, Brewer Yacht Sales Broker, Westbrook, CT
“Winterizing the engine can be complicated, and I feel it’s best left to the professionals. The cost to repair or replace an engine that’s been damaged from improper winterization can be far greater than bringing it in for storage.” – Jimmy Economou, CPYB, Brewer Yacht Sales Broker, Mystic, CT
“It’s extremely important to make sure that all of the water systems are drained and the hoses have been checked for leaks. Inspect your bilge pump, connections and wiring. If anything needs to be replaced, now is the time.” -Hal Slater, CPYB, Brewer Yacht Sales Broker, Branford, CT
“Consider having your boat’s bottom thoroughly cleaned and painted prior to winter. A clean and freshly painted vessel will be the first one in the marina to sell!”- Rudi Kobelt, CPYB, Brewer Yacht Sales Broker, Old Saybrook, CT
The Brewer Yacht Yards offer clients peace of mind with their top-notch service and make winter storage at any of the 22 marinas convenient and easy. As an added bonus, any new Brewer client purchase a boat with Brewer Yacht Sales will receive a discount on winter storage for 2014! Contact Brewer Yacht Sales to learn more.