Fall is the start of the boat maintenance season. The steps you take in addressing repairs, performing preventative maintenance, and handling the routine maintenance NOW set the tone for your next boating season. You’ll want to prepare your boat for the upcoming season, and at the same time, address all of your boat’s operational and performance issues while they are still fresh in your mind.
“Out of sight, out of mind” should not apply to maintaining your boat. Don’t suddenly let your memory be jogged jog your memory with repair issues in the springtime when you should already be you’re ready to go out and enjoy boating. and meanwhile, Meanwhile, the marina shop is jam-packed with service customers. The wise boat owner plans ahead and does maintenance in the fall and winter seasons when shop technicians can give your precious craft their fullest attention.
FIVE STEPS WE TAKE TO GET YOUR BOAT READY FOR FALL:
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We do this automatically for customers who store their boats with us. We ask that our self-storage customers please schedule an appointment.
☉ Step 3
Schedule routine maintenance and upgrades
Fall is the best time of the year to do routine maintenance on your boat or get a few upgrades. Some of our most popular upgrades include adding onboard heating systems, underwater lights, speakers, and cruise control.
☉ Step 4
Arrange for winter storage
Indoor winter storage is available at Lakeside Marine and Motorsports. Inquire and book your appointment.
☉ Step 5
Schedule dock and lift removal
Make sure to plan ahead and beat the fall rush by scheduling your dock and lift removal service as soon as possible.
Here’s what our fall service includes:
Inspection and software updates
Our fall service is more than just a standard winterization. Upon arrival, our 5-star certified technicians do a thorough 40-point inspection on your boat to get a baseline for its current condition. From there, we install all recommended software updates and service bulletins from the manufacturer. Our goal is to keep your boat in top running condition at all times.
Next, we apply an anti-corrosive, marine-grade antifreeze, stabilize your fuel, and winterize any ballast systems. The key here is freeze protection.
We take care of any upgrades that you’d like to have ready for next season. Common upgrades include adding underwater lighting, heating, sound systems, and cruise control. When scheduling your fall service appointment, be sure to make note of any upgrades you’d like to do this offseason that way you won’t have to miss any days on the water during boating season.
Wash and vacuum
Next up, we give your boat a thorough wash and vacuum to make sure stains, debris, and mildew are gone for the winter.
Lastly, we place your boat in our secure indoor storage facility or return your boat back to you for self-storage.
In summary, our priorities revolve around protecting your boat from freezing temperatures and harsh outdoor elements during the offseason. By taking these preventative measures, you will get back on the water the following spring in no time.