Thursday, November 15, 2018

❄️Tips to Protect Your Dock & Boat this Winter❄️

With the frigid temperatures that are upon us, it's time to be thinking about dock and boat protection. Freezing temps can wreak havoc on your boat, as well as your dock. As the best boat dealership at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're here to help! We want to share some tips to help you better prepare for the harsh winter months that are ahead.

Safety Remove Snow & Ice

If you decide to remove snow or ice from your dock, it is important that you are extra cautious when doing so, as it could be dangerous. Not only could you slip and fall into the frozen waters, but the added weight from the snow and ice could cause the dock to collapse. Falling into freezing water can cause hypothermia to set in quickly, which could rob the body of the ability to perform basic tasks that could leave you helpless in the water. Always use caution when around water during the wintertime.

Secure Dock

Winter weather can be hard on your dock. If your dock is not secured enough, large chunks of ice could damage it, make it crash into the shore or break it free. Inspect your hardware and make sure everything is secure. It is also important to note that icy conditions could weaken dock cables so you may need to repair or replace them once spring rolls around.

Inspect Dock Wiring

Winter storms could cause electrical damage in your dock. In addition, the strong winds and ice could damage the wires. It's important to be cautious when dealing with wires and to treat them as if they are live, even if the power is not on. If your dock experienced electrical damage, it is best to shut the power off and contact an electrician. A professional electrician can come out and inspect your dock for you.

Don't Forget Your Boat

It's important to winterize your boat the Lake of the Ozarks. The winterization process drains any fluids out of your vessel to help protect the engine and other mechanical components. These fluids could freeze inside your boat and cause important mechanical components to crack or malfunction. Help protect your investment by scheduling your boat winterization with Iguana Boat Sales today!

Now that you know how to protect your dock and boat this winter, you're ready to take action. As you take steps to protect your dock, don't forget to get your boat winterized. Iguana Boat Sales can help! We can even haul out your boat, winterize your boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, and store it! We're your one-stop for everything boat maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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