How to Successfully Store and Winterize Your Boat
By Lucy Franklin, Herrington Harbour North
As we begin to prepare for the winter storage season, I’d like to offer you a few suggestions. Our Winter Work Request forms are available in a variety of ways. From our website you can process an electronic work request or you may download the traditional PDF version. We can fax or email the forms to you as well.
Scheduling: Check your calendar and select the hauling week that you prefer. Review and update your personal contact information. If you have specific blocking instructions for your boat, i.e. bow high, or sling locations, be sure to note them on the work request. By submitting contractor pages through the Marina Office, we will add everyone to the same work ticket to ease the process. Contractors will be offered all notes you submit to HHN.
Boat Drop Off: As you approach the weekend prior to your scheduled haul-out, contact the Marina Office for a temporary slip assignment. Once you arrive at Herrington North, please confirm your arrival with the Marina office. To prepare for haul-out, you may remain plugged in at our docks. We will disconnect power and lines and take them with the boat. Since boats are towed to the travel lift well for your haul-out from your temporary slip, you are safe to winterize before your haul-out. Please remove your sails and roller furling jibsail prior to haul out. You should make sure that your waste tank is empty as well as your refrigerator. Close all thru-hulls prior to haul out and remove any loose gear and outboards where feasible. Our courtesy shuttle is available to assist you back to your car. We run between North and South at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4pm, check in at the Marina Office to make an arrangement.
After Haul-out: Herrington North will phone you within 24-hours of your haul-out with a land location. After the boat is hauled, you should open your thru hulls again to drain any water out. Check your thru hulls and your drains periodically thru the winter to avoid clogging and water from backing up. Drain plugs should be removed. Boats on land are prohibited from being plugged in to electric while unattended. The yard crew will check your boat stands periodically throughout the winter. Remember not to secure any tarps or covers to the boat stands. Tie the cover around the boat’s bottom or use suspended weights. Please do not make any adjustments to the jackstands. If you need them moved to work on a particular area, contact the Marina Office to arrange this service. Please leave your ladder down and locked under the boat at the keel blocks, do not lock ladders to the boat stands.
Now that you are on land: This is a good time to do a thorough inspection inside and out. Consider any winter projects and speak with our contractors. Herrington Harbour tries to recycle everything! Please use our blue totes for plastic, glass and paper. We also have an area for used oil and filters. Freecycle dumpsters are onsite for good used items. Thank you for helping us keep our Marina clean! Lastly, we encourage you to visit your boat this winter, the elements can be harsh and adjustments may be necessary.