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Protecting Your Boat From Winter Elements
Almost everyone agrees that protecting a boat from winter weather is a good idea but what is the best way to protect your investment over the winter months? Performance Marine suggests Shrink Wrapping your boat.
What is Shrink Wrap?
Before you can answer the question “Should I Shrinkwrap My Boat?”, it would be helpful to understand what shrink wrap is and how it works. Shrink Wrap is a layer of polyethylene that is cut to fit over the top and around your boat. This layer comes with UV inhibitors built in to protect your boat from the sun’s rays if stored outside. Shrink wrap is made to shrink when heat is applied to it.
One of the key elements of successfully winterizing your boat is covering it properly. This will protect your investment from rain, snow and varmints looking for shelter from wind and cold.
Should I Shrink Wrap My Boat?
For all of the benefits of living in this neck of Canada, we must admit that the harsh weather of the late autumn, winter, and even early spring can be a real pain when it comes to keeping your toys in top condition. As the boating season winds down and winterization becomes a thought on all boater’s minds, one thing to consider is how you are going to store your boat for the winter
. Shrink Wrapping
is a process that seals your boat up and protects it from the elements when you don’t intend to use it for a while. It can also be a good option when preparing the boat for transportation. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of shrink wrapping so you can decide “Should I shrink wrap my boat?”
- 100% weather proof (no seams or gaps)
- Perfect molded fit for you application. Can be cut and customized
- Is air tight when containment is required or can be vented when humidity or moisture is a problem
- Won't chaffe, won't flap in the wind, won't damage your investment.
Shrink wrap is strong and seals tight so the elements do not have any effect on it when installed correctly. This way you don’t have to worry about bailing water from the cover or removing snow or ice.
The other advantage to shrink wrapping besides protecting your boat’s interior is keeping the sun off your boat’s exterior. When a boat sits outside for long periods of time, the exterior can become dried out and start to fade. This might result in you having to get the boat professional detailed or buffed to restore the exterior. This process can be more expensive than just shrink wrapping the boat in the first place.
What About My Boat Cover?
If you store your boat outside using the snap covers or mooring cover, this could cause several issues as well. Snap covers do not cover the outside of the boat, so it will be exposed to the sun’s rays all winter. Some of these covers also do not keep the boat very clean or seal the boat up completely.
One disadvantage to regular boat covers is that they can fill with water or ice and leak or pool into the boat. A cover can also be effected by the wind and other elements. This water can leak into the boat. A worst case scenario would be for the cover to tear. Then you would have to replace a very expensive cover as well.
Performance Marine has Storage, Shrink Wrapping and Winterizing options.
When done properly, you will open the boat to find it exactly as it was when you had it wrapped. Protecting your investment with shrink wrapping might be one of the most important maintenance services to have done for your boat this winter.
Covering Your Boat Properly for Long-Term Storage Helps Ensure Long-Term Happiness as a Boat Owner
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Performance Marine can help you keep your boat in pristine condition! If you have any questions or concerns about getting your boat serviced, feel free to call them at (306) 586-2628 or book your service online. For more information about how to best maintain your investment and learn more about our available services visit the Performance Marine website!