October 22nd, 2019
The summer season is perfect for sailing your boat. Once the summer season is over, rain and bad weather can cause damage to your boat if it has not been properly protected.
That’s why in this post we’ll show you the importance of protecting your boat so that, the following summer, it’s in perfect condition.
Currently, there are two possibilities to winter your boat during the coldest time of the year: in or out of the water.
This wintering consists of keeping your boat in the water during the twelve months of the year. It is the most known option because its cost is lower; however, the deterioration of the boat is greater because it is in constant contact with the water.
In addition, the sway of the waves exposes the joints, the pole and the boom. Even so, the most common thing is for owners to moor their boats afloat during the winter and take them out for a few days, for external maintenance.
The main advantage of this type of wintering, in addition to its low cost, is that you can use your boat whenever you want, that is, if a winter day is good and you want, you can go sailing without any complications.
For its part, wintering in a dry marina is perfect for those who know that they will not use the boat for a long period of time. In principle it is a little more expensive, the initial outlay is higher, but in the long run it is more profitable.
If you choose this option, your boat will be protected against osmosis and its deterioration will be much less. Within these options you can choose between outdoor wintering warehouses or wintering warehouses.
Independently of the type of wintering that you choose, you must know the different types of exterior protection that you must use so that your boat does not deteriorate.
The protection with breathable fabric or canvas avoids the condensation of humidity, very typical of areas close to the sea; in this way, the possibility that your boat suffers a damage is less.
This option is ideal for floating winter storage; it is also advisable to use a breathable cover protector so that the sun does not damage or change the colour of your cover.
Despite the advantages of leaving your boat in a dry marina, it is necessary to cover it with a shrink-wrap of the boat to protect it from dust, dirt and possible scratches from the hull during transport and stay in the ship.
Another option to keep your boat in perfect condition in a ship is to cover it with a specialized plastic or film that covers the ship quickly and prevents dirt.
As you have already seen, there are differences between wintering a boat afloat or in a dry marina; next we will show you which are the main characteristics of each one of them.
These are the main characteristics of leaving a boat afloat.
For its part, these are the main characteristics of leaving your boat in a wintering area.
Winterizing your boat is one of the best ways to avoid your ship’s breakdowns. This time, when you can not use your boat, serves to review its operation and ensure that, in summer, your boat will be in perfect condition.
In the case of onshore storage, you can clean and treat your boat’s hull and interior; you also protect the boat from moisture and corrosion.
Here are some tips that can help you winter your boat.
These are some of the actions we recommend you do to prepare your boat for wintering:
If neither of these options convince you, you can always choose to rent a boat for a few days in summer and enjoy sailing without any other concerns.