Clean it up.
Waiting until Spring to give a boat a thorough cleaning can be like trying to remove grease from a pan after it sits for a few days – except much worse. Encourage your clients to spend time giving their boat a thorough cleaning and waxing before storing it. This will make it easier for them to hit the water come boating season. Plus, a thorough cleaning will give them time for a proper inspection where they can catch any issues, like cracks in fiberglass or tears in canvas boat covers, that can be repaired during the off-season.
Remind them to clean windscreens, biminis and mooring covers in addition to the hull of the boat. Be sure they have the proper cleaning products on hand and that they allow fabrics to dry completely before storing them in a protected space. Life jackets, fenders and other items should also be removed from the boat and stored in a safe place to limit wear and possible mold and mildew damage.
Cover it up.
Though an enclosed, climate-controlled space is best for storing a boat, many clients have to store their vessels outside or in cold, damp garages. For these boat owners, it is especially important to have a properly fitted, durable boat cover.
Check with your clients to see if they are in need of a winter storage cover, and encourage them to try limiting the boat’s exposure to wind and weather as much as possible. In addition, be sure they have the proper supports to place underneath covers to limit water and snow from pooling.
Proper cleaning and storage will help your client’s increase the longevity of their boats, and helping them with the process will keep you working during the off-season.