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Fiberglass & Aluminum Boat Repair & Refinishing MN

Boat Repair MN | Fiberglass & Aluminum Boat Repair Living in Minnesota comes with plenty of perks… but mostly it’s the beautiful lakes that make our state so special. Whether it’s to experience nature, to escape the pressures of the daily grind, to experience quiet, or to spend time with friends and family, Minnesotans love to spend time on the water. In fact, water is part of Minnesota’s roots, and spirit, and, to a great extent, our state pride or identity. So it is only natural that boating and fishing are such a valued part of our Minnesota heritage; it’s a way of life. But it is being threatened by quagga/zebra mussels, spiny waterfleas, faucet snails, or other prohibited invasive species. Protect Your Boat and Motor From Zebra Mussels Not only are they are a significant threat to the continued enjoyment of very lakes, rivers, and streams we cherish, the damage they do to your fiberglass, aluminum, or even the metalflake on your new shiny boat, can end up costing you some big bucks in boat repairs. Unfortunately, some boat owners will see and feel the damage caused by zebra mussels first hand. They can attach to any solid surface not protected by antifoulant paints. This includes any surface that may get wet, such as boat hulls, trailers, or anchors. Zebra mussels also have the potential to attach themselves to the prop and all areas of the motor, thereby either affecting the performance of the engine and or actually jamming steering equipment. Quagga/Zebra Mussels Quagga/Zebra mussels produce larvae (called veligers) too small to see with the naked eye. Newly...
 

Boat Repair MN | Fiberglass & Aluminum Boat Repair

MN Fiberglass & Aluminum Boat Repair It’s here! Brrrrr! The first snow flakes are flying. It was a great summer of boating and now as winter approaches, if you haven’t already brought your boat in to be winterized, you should be doing it now! Failure to winterize can cause your boat to suffer significant damage such as cracks that cause leaks, corrosion, frozen pipes, interior damage, and fuel degradation. Boat Storage & Winterizing By the time spring comes all these problems will cost you a fortune to repair, especially since most insurance policies do not cover damage done by lack of maintenance. If you are more of a Do-It-Yourself kind of person, take a peek the Winterizing Tips. If you prefer to let the experts handle it, bring your boat in and we can do it for you! Minnesota Boat Repair Shops are ramping up for the winter, lots of boats being dropped off for winter work and storage! Call to get your boat in for the winter today! Important Tip to Remember If the exhaust ports in the hull are normally plugged to keep critters out, remember to insert the plugs but don’t forget to remove them in the spring! If it’s an open boat and the hull has a drain plug, remember to remove it so rain and melting ice and snow will drain out. In the spring, be sure that plug is in place and tightened securely! Many a boat has sunk because a drain plug was overlooked. Of course, the Minnesota DNR is reminding all boat owners to take extra precautions when removing your boat...
 

MN Fiberglass, Aluminum & Metal Flake Boat Repair

Fiberglass, Aluminum & Metal Flake Boat Repair MN After one last hurrah on the water, it’s all coming to an end. Yes, another great boating season is winding down and taking your fun on the water with it. It’s time once again to haul your boat out of the water and get it winterized before putting it in storage for the long winter months ahead. Now it might not be the most glamorous part of boat ownership, but your boat is an important investment and its care over the winter months is vital. Minnesota DNR Urges Sharp Eye for Invasive Species During Fall “Cabin Close-up” With winter just around the corner many Minnesotans are pulling in their boats and closing up cabins for the season. It’s the time of year when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks every cabin and lakeshore owner to watch for aquatic invasive species (AIS) when removing docks, boat lifts, swim rafts and other equipment from the water. Every year, the introduction of harmful, non-native species into the U.S. has been increasing. Collectively, these nuisance species make tremendous impacts to different things valued by many Americans. Ultimately, the cost of invasive species (terrestrial and aquatic) in the United States amounts to more than $100 billion each year. The end of the season offers an important opportunity to monitor for AIS.  The Minnesota DNR is reminding boaters and anglers to continue to take extra precautions when removing watercraft at the end of the boating season. There were numerous reports of boat engines overheating because cooling water inlets were clogged by zebra mussels. Zebra mussels also...
 

MN Boat Repair & Restoration | Fiberglass, Aluminum & Metal Flake

Fiberglass, Aluminum & Metal Flake Boat Repair & Restoration MN Living in Minnesota, affords us the luxury of enjoying the thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams our state is famous for. The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” actually contains more than 15,000 such bodies of water whose total shoreline exceeds 90,000 miles – more than California, Hawaii and Florida combined. So it is only natural that boating and fishing are such a valued part of our Minnesota heritage; it’s a way of life. But it is being threatened by quagga/zebra mussels, spiny waterfleas, faucet snails, or other prohibited invasive species. Whether you own a boat or thinking about buying a boat, it’s a pretty important topic. Invasive species will be the No #1 issue for us, probably for the next several decades. It’s time for Minnesotans to take that threat very seriously. Not only are they are a threat to the continued enjoyment of the very lakes, rivers, and streams we cherish, they can do some serious damage to your fiberglass, aluminum, or even the metalflake on your new shiny boat, that can end up costing you some big bucks in boat repairs. They can ruin your equipment, clog motor cooling systems, foul hulls, and jam up your boat’s steering equipment. Quagga/Zebra Mussels Quagga/Zebra mussels can spread zebra mussels when they move from infested waters to uninfested waters. Adult mussels may attach to hard surfaces, and veligers may be transported in water. Veligers are transparent and small – about the size of the period at the end of this sentence – and may be able to survive in any residual...
 

Minnesota Boat Repair Minnetonka MN

Boat Repair & Restoration Minnetonka MN Proudly bearing the name, Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota has for decades been home to some of the most passionate boaters and anglers in the world. People love the lakes up here. A lazy day boating in the sun is a favorite pastime. For most Minnesotans, time spent on or around the water is part of some of their happiest memories…. long summers at the lake, heading out with buddies for a morning of fishing, or family trips on the pontoon up at the cabin. For anglers, Minnesota is a paradise. There are over 3,000 public water access sites where you can launch a boat for free and 360 fishing piers and shore fishing sites, with free fishing available at most. The state owes a lot of that number to Lake Minnetonka. Everybody by now probably knows that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Minnetonka. They’re proliferating so rapidly that Lake Minnetonka has now been dubbed a “super spreader’’ due to the threat that the many boaters using the lake could spread the invasive aquatic species. It has been estimated at being in 80 to 90 percent of the lake. Most bays have it.  When they attach to your boat and can cause some serious damage to your boat, hull and motor.  So, before putting your boat in storage for the winter, the Minnesota DNR is asking for everyone to do their part in keeping Minnesota waters free of invasive species. DNR asks: ‘Are you doing your part to prevent spread of AIS on Minnesota’s waterways?’ A watercraft inspector with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) inspects a boat...