The Dreaded Winter Storage Process
There’s a reason boating clubs and boat rentals in NH are so popular.
Labor Day has come and gone, and it’s officially time to start thinking about the end of the boating season. While most of us are hoping to squeeze in a few more weekends on the water, some boat owners are making their winter storage plans. When the cold months set in, you’ll be happy to be a member of Freedom Boat Club Newburyport or Portsmouth.
If you own a boat in New England, you know all too well that winterization can be a pain. Either you do it yourself, or you pay big bucks for a marina to do it. If you choose to do it on your own, prepare for a lengthy process. Cleaning, draining, and replacing engine components is a must and it is crucial to select the proper type of antifreeze! Note that winterizing such an expensive asset on your own leaves room for serious error. Once the internal maintenance is finished, a process that takes several hours, you can begin a shrink wrapping or weather proofing treatment.
If you rather leave it up to the experts, you’ll have to explore your different options at various NH boat dealers and marinas. Winterization and storage can sometimes be offered as a package deal for several hundred dollars, depending on the club or dealer. Whether you do it yourself, or have a professional do it, the cost of internal parts and fluids will vary depending on your boat’s needs.
DIY winterization, or the cost of professional storage will make you think twice about following up on that sign announcing boats for sale in NH. Become a member at Freedom Boat Club Newburyport or Portsmouth instead. No winterization hassle, no planning ahead, no problem!