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Boat Canvas Care

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This time of year, many boaters are taking their boats out of the water and putting them away for the season.If you are lucky enough to live in an area where the winters are not so brutal, it may not be the end of your boating season.Instead, it may be that time of year where your canvas tops and isinglass (clear plastic) come out.You know the clear plastic panels and the fabric covers that we all but ignore when the weather is warm and sunny.If you have ever had to replace the canvas on your boat, then you know it can be expensive.Here are some tips that will allow you to extend the life of your boat’s canvas so you can get many years of use out of it.
Keep it Clean
Not only does this keep your boat looking good but it also helps your canvas and isinglass last longer.Here’s how you do it.
Canvas – There are many cleaners on the market specifically for cleaning boat canvas and they work pretty well.Some of them also have ingredients that will protect the canvas and help to waterproof it.…

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Winterizing Your Boat

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Last weekend, I was in Chicago for a weekend of football and fun with friends and I noticed that many of the local boaters there were pulling their boats out of the water for the season.Watching the boaters there going through their annual ritual of saying goodbye to one of their favorite past times made me glad that I do not live up north.It did, however, bring to mind that I needed to write an article about winterizing your boat. The types of engines and other systems on boats varies widely so make sure you are familiar with your boats systems before you attempt to winterize it or have a professional do it.This article is meant to provide a basic understanding of the process.
Why Do We Winterize
Depending on what type of boat that you have and how it is configured, water may reside in the cooling cavities of the engine, transmission, and air conditioning/heating systems.If your boat has fresh running water and/or a head, there is also water in the piping and holding tanks as well.
If y…

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