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Preparing Your Boat For The Michigan Winters

Preparing your boat for Michigan wintersSummer is ending in Michigan. This means that it’s time to put the captain’s hat away until next year! Cold weather coming in means it’s time to prepare your boat for the Michigan winter, or winterize it. 

How to winterize a boat in the Midwest

You should always treat each section of your boat individually. Perhaps use a checklist or planner to remember all areas of the boat. Furthermore, focus on the following; inboard engine, outboard engine, stern drive, fuel holds, bilges, fresh water systems, head, interior, as well as in and out of water storage.

  • The inboard engine should be run first as it is the most paramount piece of the boat. After running it, make sure the engine oil is changed. Then change the oil filter before flushing the engine with fresh water, and perhaps antifreeze, to clean out leftover residue. 
  • Next to observe is the outboard engine. Firstly, the engine should be flushed with fresh water. Once the water is drained from the engine, disconnect the fuel hose and let it run until it stops completely. 
  • Clean the stern drive by removing barnacles and debris, buff out any scratches from the paint. And to prevent future issues, check for leaking seals.
  • Be sure to change fuel filters and water separators and then fill your tank completely to prevent condensation from manifesting. Also, add fuel stabilizer to the tank so the fuel maintains its quality while in storage.
  • Thoroughly clean the bilges with warm to hot water, soap, and a brush.
  • For the head, pump out the holding tank at the proper local facility then add fresh water to it and flush several times.
  • The freshwater system tank must be fully drained and then a non-toxic antifreeze can be added to the system.
  • To clean the interior of the boat, vacuum and clean the carpet. Be sure to remove all valuable items and electronics to prevent theft or vandalism.
  • For the storage area, clean all barnacles off the hull, rudders, and struts. Also, check for damage to or around the hull and repair it before use.

Where do you keep a boat in the Michigan winters?

Another important part of winterizing the boat is finding a place to store it. If you leave the boat exposed to the elements in your driveway or garage, your boat could face irreparable damage. You could have sealant issues from the ice or frost, machinery malfunctions due to rain or melted snow, et cetera.

The best option for storage is probably a storage container, if size permits, or a warehouse by the marina that specializes in keeping boats or yachts safe. You do not want to put your boat in harm’s way or any place where it may be hindered. Here is a list to help you find a good place for your boat. 

Sell it!

If you are not interested in all of the effort put into winterizing your boat and scouring for safe storage areas, contact the professionals here at Sell Us Your Boat for a free quote. We will purchase any type of boat for a great price and will take care of everything. So you can save time from not having to winterize your boat and make some money while doing it! You want to make some fast cash and alleviate some stress? Call today!

 

Boating in The Great Lakes Area

For this post, we head back up north to the Great Lake states. Boating season is in full swing in this part of the country, so let’s talk about them. The Great Lakes are known as one of the largest freshwater lake systems in the world. With their southern end sitting on the heart of the Midwest and it stretching north into Canada, boating in the Great Lakes is a real treat and probably something for all boaters to experience. Not only does this area provide a combination of historical sites and urban access, but it also provides watersports, fishing and diving.

Boating on the Great LakesBoating on the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes provide an excellent variety of habitat for all types of boats: small ski boats, sailboats, fishing boats up to huge yachts and beyond. It’s just something about the vastness of fresh water that makes it so different than boating on the inland lakes.  Aside from that, you get to witness its breathtaking scenery and unique wildlife. All five lakes are connected and intertwined with one another in some sort of way and offer a guaranteed a “good time”.

This season has the perfect weather to get out there and enjoy your summer break with your friends or family.  One great place to take your boat out is near Glen Arbor, on Lake Michigan. Take a ride out to South Manitou Island you can anchor offshore and climb some sand dunes. Or, you can even go snorkeling and see some ship wreaks off shore. It’s a great place to camp as well.

If you’re looking for more company and like to party, then taking your boat out to Put-In-Bay, one of the Lake Erie Islands is a great place. Not far from Sandusky Ohio, you’ll most likely find yourself on a calmer ride out there than on Lake Michigan. However, when you get there, the boat parties and people watching is a whole lot different than the seclusion of North & South Manitou.

What States Border the Great Lakes?

Well you might not think so, but there are 8 states that touch the Great Lakes:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin

Michigan has by far the most shoreline exposure. In fact is has the most shoreline period, next to Alaska.

You haven’t experienced life to the fullest if you’ve never gone boating on the Great Lakes.

We Buy Boats in the Great Lakes States.

You still have time to enjoy boating in the Great Lakes, but after August the opportunities become fewer and fewer. You may already have done a majority of your boating this summer already. If that is the case then now might be the best time to see what you can get for your boat. That is if you are thinking of selling it. Right now we buy boats in the Great Lakes states.  We can still get a good look at them and know that we can sell them down south out of our Florida location.

Are you looking to sell your boat now or in a month or so?  At Sell Us Your Boat, we buy just about all kinds of boats in from states such as:

  • All-Purpose Fishing Boats
  • Center Console Boats
  • Walk-Around Boats
  • Speed Boats
  • Bass Boats

We also buy popular brands that include Carolina Skiff, Everglades, Boston Whaler, Sea Pro and more.

If you are interested, please do not hesitate to fill out our free quote form or contact us today.  Get the best price for your boat before the boating season ends in the Great Lakes area.

 

Spring Cleaning for Boats Stored in Michigan

Boating season in Michigan is almost here this Spring!

Spring is in the air, and for boat owners, in Michigan, that means two things: Dreaming of the upcoming boating season and taking your boat out of storage and de-winterizing it. The amount of work you’ll have to do bringing your boat out of storage will depend directly on how well you winterized it in the Fall. Fear not! If you check over all these things on our Spring dewinterizing checklist, you should be able to spot any issues when bringing your boat out of storage.

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Sell Your Sea Ray or Ranger Boat

Sea Ray Boat

Sea Ray Quality

Two of the most popular boat brands on the market today is the Sea Ray and the Ranger. Sea Ray has been building boats since 1959, and through excellent commitment to innovation, service and craftsmanship, has become the standard in the boat industry. They build all types of boats, from sport boats to yachts, they build them all.

Sea Ray is also one of the most awarded boat brands in the industry, from innovation awards to customer satisfaction they have received awards for every facet of the industry. The Sea Ray SPX model are affordable and sporty models that many families enjoy when out on the water. They usually run from 19 or 21 feet and can be customized to the preferred package of your choice.

Ranger Boats The Ultimate Bass Boat

One of the other most popular brand of boat, especially with fisherman are the Ranger boats. Since 1968, Ranger has been building quality boats. The Ranger brand has exploded and is one of the most recognized names in boating, it is the boat of choice for NASCAR, Cabelas, Chevy Trucks and the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. The Ranger line of boats consist of Bass boats, saltwater, fish-n-play and the multi-species boats.

With all types of packages and models to choose from, and with great features focused on fisherman, it is no wonder why Ranger has become such a popular brand of boat. Ranger is also a well awarded boat and each boat comes with an extensive warranty.

No matter what type of boat you own, be it Ranger or Sea Ray, you are sure to enjoy your time on the open water. But if you are in the market to purchase a new boat and are looking to sell your old one, that is where Sell Us Your Boat comes in. We will give you a great offer on your boat, and the process is easy and hassle free. Just fill out our free and easy quote form, once we receive your submission we  will send you a great offer then issue you a check and arrange pick up of your boat!

Simple and easy contact us today or give us a call at 1-954-519-2460!