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Winter Boat Storage Checklist

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Floridian boaters are often preparing for hurricane season while the rest of us are preparing for the winter season. Snow, strong winds, and freezing temperatures do not mix well with the condition of your watercraft. Proper protection and preparation are necessary to ensure your boat remains safe through the winter and is ready for the next season of warmer weather.  

See our recommendations for winter boat storage.   

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Boating Safety Tips

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The best way to avoid claims is to practice safe boating to the best of your ability. Although some accidents may be inevitable, practicing proper safety protocols can help boaters avoid many mishaps.  

We have rounded up some of the most important boating safety tips and actions you can take to enjoy many wonderful and safe seasons on the water.  

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Boat Shrink Wrapping Tips

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As boating season ends for many of us, it’s time to plan for the off-season and winter storage. If you don’t have a heated, indoor place to store it, we highly recommend shrink wrapping to protect your boat from the elements. Shrink wrap is a polymer plastic film with UV inhibitors that shrink when heat is applied and creates a seal much tighter than a tarp.  

Please find some helpful pointers to shrink wrap your boat for the winter below.

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Boat Insurance Guide

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“Do I need boat insurance?” This is a common question throughout the boating community. It surprises us how many boaters leave their watercraft unprotected. Buying a boat or PWC exposes the owner to many risks and associated costs beyond the purchase price of the craft. Along with that, yes, you should invest in a boat insurance policy. We’ll explain why boat insurance is so important below.  

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DIY Boat Projects

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There are hundreds of DIY projects to choose from in the boating sphere. We have picked out a few of our favorites with step-by-step instructions courtesy of Boating Magazine. Click on the links below for directions and let us know what worked for you!

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Center Consoles and Fishing

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Center console boats are an ideal choice for boaters fishing in offshore waters. The deep-V hulls of center consoles are designed to provide stability when encountering higher waves. In addition, center consoles include level floors, insulated fish coolers, live wells, rod holders, and multiple storage areas. 

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Winterize Your Boat for the Off-Season

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We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to prep your watercraft for the harsh winter months. Now is the time to prepare for off-season maintenance to avoid oversights that may lead to a pricey repair next season. 

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Fall Clean Out - How to Prepare Your Boat for Winter

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With the colorful trees and crisp autumn air, fall boating is upon us and we couldn’t be happier. The only thing we aren’t happy about is the idea of the cold winter months that are coming. If you’re located in an area subject to snowy days and harsh winters (essentially everyone except our Florida boaters) you’ll likely need to winterize your boat. Boats require complete and thorough precautions to safely prepare for winter storage.

See our guide for winterizing your boat for the off-season below:

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