10 Top Tips to Protect your Dinghy in the Boat Park this Winter.

  1. If you’re resting your boat up for the winter, it’s easy to pack it away as you always do and forget about it until spring.
  3. But there are a few simple steps to make sure that it’s safe and secure in the dinghy park.
  5. 1. Wash your boat down thoroughly and polish it with a good quality hull polish before covering it over for the winter.
  7. 2. Remove the bungs to let the air inside the hull expand and contract with the rise and fall in temperatures, as these may vary a lot during the winter.
  9. 3. Dirt, sand, and grime can accumulate in your blocks and cleats over time. Keep these clean and free-running by soaking in a mild detergent and warm water solution. Spin the blocks and rotate the cams to work the soap solution in and then rinse off thoroughly with fresh water. Now is a good time to inspect any components for wear or damage, while the new season is some time away.
  11. 4. Remove any sails and controls from your boat, as mice like to eat things and find a warm cosy place to sleep. Store sails in a dry place, free from humidity and damp and make sure that pests cant get in, as even the garage might not be safe!
  13. 5. Check your top and bottom covers for holes, frayed stitching and broken straps. Holes will let the winter weather get to your boat and the straps will need to keep the cover secure in strong winds and with the weight of snow.
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  17. 6.  Tie your boat down securely and chock the wheels, as storms may be coming that will blow your boat over. Check the boats around yours are safe and secure too, make sure they won’t topple over in strong winds on top of yours.
  19. 7. Pump up the trolley tyres or, if possible, remove the wheels and take them home.

  20. 8.  Cut and clear away overgrown grass and weeds from around your boat, to keep the pests and insects out and protect your trolley and under covers. Storing under trees and next to buildings is maybe not the best idea, as broken branches, leaves and falling debris can all damage your boat.
  22. 9. Satisfy yourself that your storage facility is safe, secure and protects against theft or vandalism. Ensure that your Insurance policy is up to date and meets your needs, you don’t want it to lapse during the winter months. 
  24. 10. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’. Don’t forget about your boat through the winter months, make periodic checks to ensure all is well, as problems will only get worse if neglected.
  26. Being well prepared for the winter ensures a good start in the new season.


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