Friday, October 26, 2018

Tips for Boat Owners to Prepare for Winter

The boating season is coming to a close. As many boat owners at the Lake of the Ozarks start to line up their winterizations, it's time to think about your dock and lift, as well. Here at Summerset Boat Lifts, we know how important it is to ensure your lift is in prime working condition before the harsh winter weather hits. The freezing temperatures is NOT a time for your lift to break and let you (and your boat) down. Take a look below to learn a few different ways boat owners can prepare for the upcoming season!

Prepare your BOAT for Winter

It's important to winterize your boat and PWC before it gets too cold. During the winterization process, the fluids will be drained from your vessel. This can help prevent the liquid from freezing, expanding, and cracking an important component of your boat. This time of year is also a great opportunity to make any mechanical or cosmetic repairs. From buffing your paint to repairing a chip to breaking down the engine - winter is the best time to have these type of repairs completed. Your boat isn't being used anyway!

Prepare your DOCK for Winter

Your dock goes through a lot as the temperatures drop. The floatation devices can be damaged by the lower lake levels of winter if your dock sits on dry land. The sharp rocks and tree branches in the lake can puncture these flotation devices, as well. If the water around your dock freezes, it can damage these tubs, as well. Your dock being frozen in one place can be rough on the structure, especially on the catwalk and connection lines. If you have water lines ran to your dock, consider winterizing it, as well. Another way to prepare your dock for winter is to ensure all the bracing and structure is sound and ready for the potential weight of ice and snow.

Prepare your LIFT for Winter

Your lift works hard during the off season. Not only does it hold your boat out of the water, but it also protects it from the harsh winter weather. Up on a lift is a safe place for your boat - as long as your lift is in good working order. That's where we come into play! This time of year is a great opportunity to ensure your lift fittings and bracing are all in place and tight. This is an important step as you get your lift ready for winter - especially if your boat is being stored up on a lift. The last thing you want is to find your boat in the water when checking on your dock this winter!

Now that you know some of these tips for boat owners at the Lake of the Ozarks, you're ready to focus on protecting your vessel all winter long. From winterizing your boat to ensuring your lift is solid to keeping your dock afloat, there are a number of ways to protect your property this winter. If you'd like us to check out your lift, contact the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks today! Here at Summerset Boat Lifts, we'll have our trained and experienced staff on your dock and inspecting your lift in no time!

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