As the summer season draws to a close, every boat owner must start to think about getting their vessels ready for the winter months. So, we’ve come up 5 quay tips which we hope will help you.
The winter boating season is almost upon us, so here are our 5 tips we think you must take to ready your boat to get through the winter in good condition.
Tip #1: Find a storage solution
The weather associated with the winter months isn’t often calm seas and sunshine, it’s always best to make sure you’re sheltered from any harsh weather conditions to keep yourself and your vessel safe and sound.
Whether you decide to store your boat on a winter berth or ashore in our boatyard, Milford Marina has a range of solutions for boatyard storage and winter berthing for competitive prices. Both options will help to protect your boat from the conditions, while allowing you easy access to carry out essential winter preparation work.
Our winter berthing contracts are perfect for those wanting to enjoy winter cruising (weather dependent) and with access locks taking around 10 minutes, you can return to the safety of the locked marina if the weather takes a turn. 12 month berth holders are also entitled to up to 10 weeks in the boatyard at no extra charge!
You may even wish to make full use of our excellent shoreside facilities and enjoy a hot shower after completing your all-important maintenance work keeping your boat in great shape.
You can get a winter berthing quotation on our website, or give us a call on 01646 696312 to find out more and check availability.
Tip #2: Book your boat lift in advance
If you wish to get your boat moved from the water to our boatyard, our boat lift service is a no brainer. Winter can be a busy time for boat lifts, so it’s always best to plan ahead and get your slot booked to avoid disappointment.
You can give us a call on 01646 696312 to check availability and get booked in.
Tip #3: Winterise your boat
We highly recommend winterising your boat so it’s winter ready, such as washing the exterior of the boat to remove saltwater residue to protect the finish, draining the water cooling systems, servicing your engine, scraping off any barnacles and weed from your hull, replacing anodes and emptying fridges to name a few.
If you’re considering berthing at Milford Marina, you can book a lift and hold at any time so that you can wash your boat at the top of the slipway and inspect for any issues at the same time.
If you need any help and advice, check out the marine service businesses we have on-site.
Tip #4: Remove all electronics and flammable materials
The interior of your boat should be free of electronics, valuables, fabric, food, flares and fire extinguishers. Organic materials will rot, electronics can get damaged and of course, flammable materials pose a fire hazard.
We kindly ask that items are disposed of correctly if you plan on doing this at our marina.
Tip #5: Carry out regular routine checks
It’s always best to go and check on your boat every few weeks during the winter to make sure everything is in good order to prevent little problems from becoming big ones.
If your boat is at Milford Marina and you cannot visit it as often as you’d like to, please contact the Marina Team at any time – they carry out daily checks anyway, but do these more frequently in bad weather.