13 WAYS TO
$4,340 on your boat his summer!
ANCHOR OUT MORE
1A night’s marina fee may be at least $125 during the boating season, or more depending on your boat’s size.
Anchoring out five times more during the
season, when you’d normally go to a marina,
saves at least $625. SAVINGS: $600+
2Install your own shaft anodes (zincs) when the boat is hauled. If you have trim tab, rudder, plate zincs, or outdrive anodes, see if you’re comfortable
replacing those yourself. It’s easier than
you might think and can save expensive
yard time where labor can run upward of
$65 an hour. Shopping on the Internet for
the anode you need can also save money.
3The “windows” in side curtains or biminis are often damaged by metal tubes that hold up the structure. Star
brite has a product, Clear Plastic Window
Savers, which are plastic guards to put
around the tubes where they impact the
windows. This prevents burn marks to the
window material by tubes hot from the
sun and general abrasive damage. There
are also products containing UV inhibitors and ingredients designed to help prevent fading, and special polymers to prevent vinyl from drying out and cracking.
Replacing windows usually involves replacing all the side curtain and bimini materials.
manufacturer. Just be sure they’re by a reputable manufacturer and to specs. For example, depending on your engine, an Osco or
Barr Marine manifold may cost as much as
$200 less than an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part. SAVINGS: $200
5Buy non-marine equipment from non-marine stores, when it’s safe to do so. (Read the labels carefully.)
Inexpensive automotive cleaning products
from automotive discount shops may suffice for your boat. Everything from home
entertainment systems to basic supplies
such as tapes, solvents, sealants, and
greases are often less expensive when
purchased from large retailers than marine
stores. SAVINGS: (UP TO) $400
FORGET THE FASHION SHOW
6If you don’t go far and just need a light rain suit for an occasional shower while you get back from
your nearby fishing spot, you don’t necessarily need the expensive foul-weather gear
found in marine specialty stores. Stearns
makes an inexpensive rain suit available at
West Marine for around $30, which is a
big savings over fancy gear.
7A yard can take five hours or more to winterize at $85 an hour for labor. But it’s not hard, and if you want to make
it easier and have a typical canister raw-water
strainer, buy a Sea Flush kit, which can be
fitted into the top of the strainer, following
instructions so that you can winterize the
cooling system without removing any hoses.
SAVINGS: $425 (PER SEASON)
8Inexpensive products are available to help prolong the life of your bimini and side curtains. Typically, nylon or plastic
zippers don’t last long, and the cost of removing the cover and buying and replacing zippers is expensive. Removing the bimini often
results in tears or thread breakage. To find
links to products that make zippers slide easier and help protect from salt and corrosion,
see this story online at www.BoatU.S.com/
Magazine. Save one zipper replacement in
your bimini’s life. SAVINGS: $300+