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pumps, and bilge pumps. On trailerable boats, make sure the drain
plug is left out and the front of the trailer is raised slightly to assist
8Wax and shine. It may seem counterintuitive to wax your boat before laying it up instead of after, but the best way to protect
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9Cover the boat. A good boat cover keeps snow from accu- mulating on the decks, melt or rainwater from pooling and
freezing in the cockpit, and air circulating above decks and below to
minimize mold and mildew. It also protects the topsides and decks
from pollution, bird calling cards, and the weather.
A custom-made, heavy-duty canvas cover is the best solution, but
also most expensive. Many owners build their own covers, and most
yards will shrinkwrap boats for a fee. Whatever method you use,
the cover must be adequately supported and tapered so that large
amounts of snow will slide off rather than pile up. Make sure there
are spacers to hold the cover off the topsides to improve ventilation
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