As the term implies, winterizing a boat is the procedure completed for preparing a boat for long-term storage. For example, if you live in a climate where the lake is annually certain to be covered by ice, prepping the boat for the freezing off-season is almost mandatory. If left to freeze, water trapped in an engine block, water tank or other on-board plumbing can cause significant and very expensive damage.
With the days getting shorter and the air getting cooler, you may be planning to wrap up your boating activities until next spring. But, don’t haul your boat just yet. Now is the best time to repair or replace a variety of gear. In fact, since their condition is fresh in your mind, you may already have a mental list going. That same reason is why you should act now.
Boat fenders, often referred to as “boat bumpers” by new or novice boaters, provide a cushion between your boat and a dock, jetty or another boat. They’re used by all types of boats from motor yachts and sailboats to small runabouts to prevent damage to paint, varnish, gunwales and hulls overall. A must-have boating accessory, fenders can help protect your boat (and your wallet) in case of a docking mishap or unexpected motion due to wind or current.
Whether you’re cruising to a waterfront stadium on game day or cruising to a raft-up of boaters all cheering for the same team with the game on TV, you’re going to want to do some boatgating. Boatgating is the combination of two great American pastimes: boating and tailgating.
In-person boat shows are back just in time for the season kick off this September and a popular one on the books is the 2021 Progressive Norwalk Boat Show at Norwalk Cove Marina in Connecticut.
Whoever decided that Labor Day weekend should mark the unofficial end of summer—and an end to boating season for some areas of the country—clearly didn’t count on September being perfect in so many ways. Sure, the kids are back in school, and traditional family vacations are on hold until the holiday season; but, you can still take advantage of brilliant boating weekends through September (and who knows, weather-willing, even into October).
Is your boat out of gas? And you’re wondering, ‘Now what?’ You were probably having so much fun on your boat that you lost track of the fuel gauge—until your engine sputtered and quit. Luckily, you can redeem yourself by handling this situation like a pro.
Boating can be a social affair. There are dozens of ways to enjoy party time on your boat, but one of the best is undoubtedly rafting up with other boats and celebrating the boating lifestyle together.
The good news is that boating is a perfect family-friendly activity for all ages—and we know that your family can’t wait to start boating more frequently. The bad news is, if this is your first or second season on the water, you may still be a little anxious about keeping your kids entertained while onboard.
Summer is in full swing, and by now you’ve probably been out on your boat at least a few times (and if you haven’t, be sure to read How to Start Boating: Breaking Down Barriers). But, have you tried something different—like, really different—while out cruising? Tow sports, fishing, and swimming are all fun, but it’s time to mix things up!