2010-10-01 / Community

Tips For Winterizing Your Boat

Boat Owners Association of The United States has these five tips to help boaters be good stewards of the environment while they put their boats to bed for winter’s long lay-up period.

Shrinkwrap recycling starts in the fall: While many boaters know that shrinkwrap is recycled in the spring, installing shrinkwrap in the fall also generates waste material. Ask your marina or club to set up a recycling program now to recycle the scrap leftover from covering boats. Shrinkwrap should also be separated from other trash. Putting it in a dumpster that is open to other refuse makes it unusable to recyclers. In addition, anytime shrinkwrap is recycled it must be “clean”: ropes, tiedowns, zippers, or plastic vents should be removed or else the wrap won’t be picked up by recyclers.

Know your antifreeze: Be sure to winterize the engine and freshwater system with safe, non-toxic “marine” or “RV” antifreeze that contains propylene glycol.

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