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Minnesota Boat Repair Shop

Image of boat on the water after repairsWhat’s the point of having a boat if it is in need of repairs and just sits in your garage or driveway, taking up space? Don’t you remember the excitement that you had when you took your boat out on the water for the first time? Well, you can experience those same emotions again. All you need to do is commit to repairing your boat. If you are in the Minneapolis or St. Paul, MN area, you are in luck, because a trusted, affordable and highly experienced boat repair shop is right around the corner. Our staff at Anchor Marine Repair has a passion for handling boat repairs of all kinds so that we can get you back out on the water in no time!

 

Storm and Collision Damage Boat Repair MN

MN Fiberglass Boat Repair MN | Minnesota Boat Repair Fiberglass is one of the most popular materials used in construction of watercraft. It requires little maintenance, comes in many colors, and is very strong. Fiberglass boats can also need maintenance, however.  Over time, the fiberglass exterior and underside of your boat may become damaged.  Look at areas where the finish is marred with a pattern of small cracks radiating outward from a central point. The central point is usually the point of impact. Check carefully. If the hull is soft or cracked at that point, it needs repair. Fiberglass Collision Damaged Boat Repair Shown here: 2006 GX205 Glastron This boat was repaired in 2½ weeks, to better then new condition. Our repair side of the boat was actually straighter than the factory port side. Sweet! Whether caused by a storm, collision, or just normal wear and tear, once damage has occurred, it is imperative to quickly get the damage repaired to seal out moisture and protect your boat or watercraft from further damage and to ensure the boat is a seaworthy vessel. For fiberglass, aluminum or metal flake boats showing signs of everyday “wear and tear” from ordinary use and constant exposure to the elements, our skilled technicians can restore the original beauty at a very affordable price! We perform fiberglass repair, metal flake repair, and aluminum boat repair for collision, structural, and storm damaged boats. We have the experience to handle all your fiberglass repair & restoration needs. If you need top replacement or new upholstery – we can handle that too. Our goal is to restore your...
 

Boat Repair MN | Storm and Collision Damage Boat Repair Part 3

Minnesota Boat Repair | Collision Boat Repair Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat Continued from Part 2 One Last Reminder – Is the Drain Plug In? Invasive species regulations are now in effect in many states and many of them (including Minnesota), now require boaters to remove the plug and drain the bilge and live well before transporting a watercraft. In this Basic Boating Safety Course there is an extensive section on trailering and one of the things that is emphasized is to make sure the drain plug is in before launching your boat. The majority of recreational boats in the United States are trailered to and from the water. Your boat trailer is only one part of the entire boating package, which includes the boat, trailer, hitch and towing vehicle. Neglecting the trailer’s maintenance can result in damage to your boat, your towing vehicle or both. Ranger discovered very early that most boats spend more time on their trailers than in the water. Experience also proved that ill-fitting boat trailers actually damage a boat’s hull and running surfaces over time.  Below is our check-list for launching. Launching Do initial launch preparations away from the ramp so as not to impede launching for others. Raise the outdrive or motor, remove the support bracket and install the drain plug. Disconnect the trailer wiring. Remove tie down straps and again check the drain plug. Make any equipment adjustments necessary and check the drain plug. Connect the fuel tank, check fluid levels and check the drain plug. Drive to the ramp and back the boat and trailer down the ramp, keeping the tow vehicle’s...
 

Boat Repair MN | Storm and Collision Damage Boat Repair Part 2

Minnesota Boat Repair | Collision Boat Repair Ahhhh!  Nothing says summer like boating!  With 11,842 lakes, 69,200 miles of rivers and streams and about 4,000 miles of water trails, boating is a favorite pastime for outdoor activity in Minnesota.  There’s something about the boating lifestyle that more people are discovering as the ultimate escape. Whether you enjoy fishing or just a quiet boat ride, you will find beautiful Minnesota Lakes in every corner of the state. And since the very root of the word Minnesota (mni) comes from a Dakota Indian word meaning “water,” it just seemed right that thousands of boaters take advantage of the state’s most famous natural resource. Continued from Part 1 Be a Nice Boater! Don’t be THAT guy! You know the one. They tick off everyone in line to use a boat ramp by skipping in line, using more space than needed and being unpleasant to be around. During the summer, some of our Boating Access Areas (We’re looking at you,) can become awfully busy and chaotic. It’s hot. It’s crowded. And folks just want to get on the water.  Here are a few tips to make the boating experience pleasant for everyone. Don’t be this person. Be safe and be considerate — when you hit the boat ramp this summer! Float Planning….Don’t Leave Shore Without It! File a float plan with a responsible person. Before you go out on the water, you should leave a Float Plan with someone you trust, so they’ll know what to do if you don’t come back on time. Your Float Plan could be in the form of...
 

MN Boat Repair and Boat Refinishing | Fiberglass Boat Repair

Minnesota Boat Repair & Restoration Minneapolis MN If you love boating, you can’t ask for a better state than Minnesota!  Minnesota’s 10,000-plus lakes and numerous streams and rivers are just the place for fun on the water. As the third most popular state for boating in the U.S., thousands of boaters take advantage of our state’s most famous feature… its lakes!  That including rivers and streams (we’ve got nearly 70,000 miles of them!) that are all just waiting to be enjoyed. Considering the number of persons involved and the fairly low rate of accidents, boating and fishing are basically safe pastimes. But that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t have an accident. We share our waterways with boaters of varying levels of skill. With more boats out there, it has become increasingly important for everyone to operate their vessels safely to prevent accidents. You must have a complete knowledge of your boat, its handling and the boating rules of the road. You learned the “Rules of the Road” before you sat behind the wheel of a car — and you should do the same before taking the helm. Unfortunately, an unskilled boater doesn’t walk around with a sign that says “Beware, I know nothing about boating”! I hope you never experience a boating accident. By learning boating safety, familiarizing yourself with your equipment, studying local charts, reviewing the rules of the road, exercising good judgment, using common sense, being considerate and courteous to other boaters…all these things should give you pretty decent odds. A boating safety course can help. Avoiding Boat Collisions If you are planning on being out on...