Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Boat Winterization: Interior Winterization Tips

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

It’s getting to be that time of the year again, cold weather is approaching and the beautiful days that you can get on the boat are dwindling down. Most everyone knows the basics of winterizing your boat and keeping the actual mechanics good to go for the spring, but do you ever think about the importance of winterizing the INSIDE of your boat too?

If not done properly, condensation and mold will be the first to greet you inside of your boat in the Spring. Here are some tips to help keep everything smelling and looking fresh and preventing damage to your interior!

  1. Make sure everything is clean to begin with! Keeping tables, chairs, seats, bedding, wiped down and laundered will help in the first steps of winterizing your interior
  2. If your boat has a galley, fridge, kitchen equipment and/or a head, clean those out too! Remove any liquids or anything that could freeze from the cabinets and I mean everything.
  3. Check into dehumidifiers or moisture absorbents to keep on the boat while it’s in storage, just to remove any extra moisture that lingers behind or seeps in.
  4. Bag up any extra linens, clothing, anything cloth to bring home with you. You’ll want it fresh for the spring anyways!
  5. Make sure the kids bring their toys home with them too! Not only will this prevent them from being damaged with temperature, they’ll probably be begging for them the instant the boat gets into storage!

Do you have any secret tips and tricks for winterization? Let us know!

ECOTIP #2: Preventing and Cleaning Spills

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

 

Picture this, you’re enjoying your day out on the water when you see a rainbow looking film on the water. You think, “Oh no! Is that from me?”. Day ruined. 

Take a look at some tips that we’ve found from our friends at discoverboating.com so there is no worries next time you’re out and about!

 

  1. Spill-proof your oil changes: Use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill-proof container. Wrap an absorbent pad around the oil filter to prevent oil from spilling into the bilge
  2. Fueling up: Prevent fuel spills by filling fuel tanks slowly and use absorbent pads or reusable rags to catch drips or clean up spills. Don’t “top off” your tank, remember fuel expands as it gets warm, so leave about 10% empty.
  3. CLEAN IT UP: Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. Not only is it harmful to the environment, it is also illegal.
  4. Maintenance on land: Try (as much as possible) to do all maintenance projects in the boatyard instead of on the water. If you do have to do maintenance on the water, use tarps and vacuum sanders to collect all debris for proper disposal.
  5. “Stow it, don’t throw it!”: Keep your trash on board! Never throw any type of garbage into the ocean and take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper. Sometimes, the wind picks up and blows out trash you were trying to keep on board. Try this cool trick to wind-proof your trash can. (Adapt the instructions for your particular size of trash can.)

Do you do any of these? Let us know! If you’d like to check out more tips, click here.