Winterize your boats with the effective boat covers and prevents cracking
Boats builders routinely shrink wrap their boats for transport. Powerboats benefit much more than sailboats. Powerboats have items and cockpit areas that are subject to damage in transit. Cockpits have upholstery and helm electronics that cannot be removed easily. In regards to security of the vessel while being transported to its new destination boats that are shrinking wrapped are less prone to theft or vandalism.
Proper blocking is essential for boat survival. Keel blocks need to be placed appropriately and enough boat stands used to stabilize the boat. The surface of the yard is also important. Keel blocks have been known to sink into soft ground during winter thaws as well as the spring thaw. This can place added stress on the hull where the boat stands land. Before you shrink-wrap or otherwise prepare a boat for storage, however, it’s important to have the engine winterized.
While somebody with the right tools and a good knowledge of marine engines can winterize a boat engine at home, it’s usually best left to professionals. In many cases, these same professionals also offer shrink-wrap services and may also offer indoor storage for boats. Deformation and even hull cracking can occur. Storing a boat at home over the winter is generally the cheapest option for boat owners, especially if they have a garage or barn big enough to accommodate their boat. If they don’t have a structure large enough at home, however, they’ll need to store the boat outside.
Extra information to safeguard the boat from winterization
First the boat is prepped to accept a support structure made with support poles and strapping lines tied bow-to-stern and port-to-starboard. This gives the plastic a skeleton to lie on and to keep the plastic off different parts of the boat. Multiple support lines are carefully suspended from the deck of the boat and support a belly line that runs 360 degrees around the boat's hull. Once this structure is complete, a single piece of plastic is cut and draped over the boat and secured to the belly line. The plastic must then be sealed and heat welded together to create a snug fit around the top and sides of the boat.
The plastic then gets tied down tight and completely heated to make it shrink to the skeleton and the boat. The final step is to ventilate the boat and fine-tune the wrap such as taping up any holes. We will take down anything additional that we need to in order to protect the boat before we build our support structure. We try to cover as much of the boat as we can. In most cases this means down below the water line and below any exposed stripes. We use extra protective tape to tape all seams and folds to ensure your boat stays tight and strong all winter long. Ventilation is a must. Every boat must be vented to allow fresh air into the boat.