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With Labor Day behind us and back-to-school mode in full swing, it’s actually STARTING to feel like fall. Even the cooler temperatures (at least in the DC area) are marking the end of summer. What this means for some of us (but hopefully not all of us yet!) is that we need to start thinking about winterizing our boats.
By investing a few hours and a little money this fall, you can be sure that you and your boat get off to a smooth start next spring. Start by making a checklist. Here are some general tips to help with your planning:
You can also check out how-to videos on TakeMeFishing.org or additional tips from the Discover Boating campaign. And BoatU.S. even has a handy Winter Worksheet (PDF) that can be a great start.
Of course, don’t forget to check your owner’s manual!
Stephanie Vatalaro is vice president of communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and its Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar campaigns where she works to recruit newcomers to recreational fishing and boating and increase awareness of aquatic conservation. Stephanie grew up in the Florida Keys as the daughter of a flats fishing guide. Outside of work, you can find her fishing and boating with her family on the Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia.
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