Winter is starting to move into the St. Louis area once again, along with winter comes snow, ice, rain and frigid temperatures. Not something to look forward to if you are a boater. Winter also brings problems when it comes to boats, such as; winterizing, heating your vessel, water aerators and mooring your boat. Make sure to check on your boat from time to time during the winter months, there are an array of problems that can occur due to improper winterization, lines not being secured to the boat individuals relying on heat. There are on average 2 boats a year in our marina that have some issue with winterization and that try to sink. Do not become a statistic. A simple weekly check on the inside of the boat could save it from the unthinkable. When mooring the boat to the slip make sure your lines are taught and properly tied, wind is a big issue there are many boats that break loose due to improper knots or old brittle lines. Relying on heat is never a good alternative due to power outages and the risk of fire. I am always available for any questions pertaining to this subject matter feel free to give me a call or stop by the marina office.
The clubhouse at the marina will once again be decorated for the holidays, come enjoy the winters majesty on the river and if you are so inclined to the clubhouse, and the lift house has many dates available for rentals, call or stop by for details. There are lots of HPYC memorabilia for sale in the office, great gift ideas.
All of the docks in the marina are winterized at this time, when using the frost free water hydrants at the head of each dock, make sure to drain and disconnect the hose from the hydrant to keep from freezing, never use hydrant below freezing temperatures. The concrete on the covered docks will be pulled up from the fingers and placed on the middle thoroughfare of the dock be cautious when walking down the dock. Hope to see everyone soon.
Questions or comments feel free to give me a call 636-899-1513. Gary Kuncar - HPYC Harbor Master