It’s already time to start thinking about storing boats for the winter! You have to winterize your watercraft from November 30th to April 1st.
The 3 most common boat insurance claims made during the winter months are related to snow accumulating on the boat’s shelter, if it collapses, it risks damaging it; vermin making a comfy home for themselves in the boat for the cold season, and theft.
For maximum protection, you should have your boat winterized by a professional. This is the only way to ensure any loss or damage due to freezing during the winter layup will be covered.
Boat winterizing tips:
- Empty out the boat. Remove all personal belongings, tools, fishing water sports equipment, etc.
- Have the boat winterized at a marina or by a licensed professional, such as a qualified mechanic or watercraft repairer. Keep all receipts in case you need to make a claim.
- Use a locking device to make trailer hitch inoperable.
- Check the watercraft after bad weather such as a blizzard, ice storm, freezing rain, etc. Remove any snow, ice or frost that has accumulated on the winter cover.
- Check the boat cover periodically for holes, which are generally caused by vermin and rodents. Patch all holes – ideally, when the animals aren’t inside – and contact APRIL Marine Assistance for further advice.