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Boat Storage and Winterization St Paul MN

If you are like most outdoorsmen, you wish that you could be out on the lake or ocean all year around! Unfortunately, most boats simply can not withstand the hard winter weather. It is very important to winterize and store your boat during the winter months. If you are in the St Paul, MN area, Anchor Marine Repair has you covered! Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to protect your boat with no hassle! Keep in mind that the insurance you have on your boat may not cover the damage caused by poor maintenance or neglect. Importance of Winterizing and Boat Storage Protects your investment – Let’s face it, boats are not cheap. To get the most out of your boat, all-winter storage and winterizing is a great way to keep your boat tuned up and protected from the harsh Minnesota winters. Winterizing is more than just shrink wrap – Anchor Marine is committed to inspecting your boat, changing the oil and filters, flushing the engine, washing, drain and pump the livewell, all while being stored! Provides comfort – Rather than poorly storing your boat in your yard during the winter, you can rest assured that your boat is fully protected no matter what kind of winter storm hits the Minnesota area because we store boats indoors. Anchor Marine’s other Benefits Pick-up boat services – We offer very convenient pick up services to keep the hassle at a minimum. Boat repair and restoration services – While storing your boat, we can fix any damage or restoration needed on your boat. Whether you just...
 

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...
 

Boat Repair & Maintenance MN

MN Boat Maintenance | Boat Storage & Winterizing If you are a boat owner and have not done so already, now is the time to winterize your boat and to get it into boat storage. Some boaters prefer the no-hassle method of boat storage, and even hire a professional Minnesota Boat Repair Shop to haul their their boat out of the water for the season and take it directly to their shop to winterize it before it is stored. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions can be of great help to you when winterizing and boat storage times comes rolling along as it does every year. Tips For Maintaining Your Boat Tip #1 Hull Scrape off any barnacles or crusted marine growth. Scrub hull thoroughly to remove marine growth and scum. Inspect the underwater gear and propellers for excessive wear or damage. Remove the hull drain plug. Tip #2 Deck Wash the deck, superstructure and cockpit. Clean all deck hardware (i.e. cleats, rails, instruments, etc.) and apply a coat of metal polish or wax. Clean the indoor/outdoor carpet. Tip #3 Engine IMPORTANT! Consult your engine manual for specific instructions covering winterization of the engine. Your dealer is qualified to perform engine winterization. Do not attempt to winterize the engine yourself without the proper knowledge and equipment. Tip #4 Fuel System Fill the fuel tank completely, or empty completely. Either method will minimize condensation. You may want to add a gasoline stabilizer solution to the fuel if the tank is to remain full. Follow the product manufacturer’s recommended procedure. Tip #5 Battery Remove battery, check water level, and...
 

Fiberglass, Aluminum Or Metal Flake Boat Repair MN

MN Fiberglass, Aluminum Or Metal Flake Boat Repair When you live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes it is natural to love spending time on the water. But here it is… the dreaded end of another boating season, and like it or not, winter is coming! For thousands of boaters, it’s time to prepare your boat for the cold winter months ahead. If you haven;t done so already, now is the time to haul and winterize your aluminum fishing boat or your prized fiberglass speed boat and to get it into boat storage. Boat Storage & Winterization Winterizing your boat is quite possibly the single most important maintenance duty a boater will perform. It’s true!  And to underestimate its importance is a BIG mistake. Many people listen to the winterize boat suggestions and let them go in one ear and out the other. Some boat owners do not want to go through the hassle of properly winterizing their boat and just let it slide, or they do not want to put any extra money into the boat before it sits in the shed for the next six months. Unfortunately, those that do not realize the true importance of winterizing their boats could be in for a rude awakening when they try to use their boats the following spring. They could find a number of problems that could have easily been avoided by a proper winterizing. 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. Many boats are damaged or even destroyed every year because...