One of the great advantages of living in Federal Way, Washington, is that you have access to so much water. There is plenty of incentive to own your own boat, but if you do, you need to have a plan for the changing seasons. Hart Insurance wants to see your boat last a long time, so here are some tips for dealing with seasonal changes.
Getting Ready for Winter
Your process will depend on where the boat lives in the winter. If it is going to be dry-docked, that’s a different process from leaving it on the water. Both are viable options.
Before you store the boat, regardless of location, it should be thoroughly cleaned first. It’s especially important that you remove potential contaminants from the boat for storage. The rainy season in Washington can easily sweep away contaminants and get them into bodies of water and groundwater.
If you’re keeping the boat in water, the total workload isn’t grueling. The engine doesn’t need to be winterized, and water lines are typically safe. Mostly you need to ensure that the boat is properly secured and protected from the continuous rain.
For land storage, it’s best to drain all fluids and get an appropriate cover for the boat. If it can be stored under a roof, that’s preferable.
Preparing for the Summer
Preparing for the summer is the inverse of winter. The warm season is great for enjoying the waters. Preparing the boat is mostly about maintenance. Go through your complete checklist to make sure everything is working properly. Check that your insurance is up to date and adequate. Get any accessories and extras you need to make the most of your boating experiences.
No matter the season, you want to make sure your boat has the right insurance policy. That is what will protect it and you from the unexpected. Talk to your representative at Hart Insurance Agency. They can help you craft a great plan for your boat in Federal Way.