Now that the winter is breaking and summer is just around the corner, the great Florida migration has begun. The snowbirds that nested for the winter begin moving back up North and take their belongings with them. One big item that is hauled and goes back with them is their boats and yachts. From small boats to giant yachts these vessels will need to be transported away from the Sunny Florida waters and up to place like New England, the Midwest, and sometimes the Pacific NorthWest. For people who love their boat, a summer without it isn’t an option.
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.
We all like a good deal for places to buy boats. Also, saving a few bucks on a purchase that you were going to make anyway can really put a spring in your step. Buying a boat isn’t a cheap, but if you’re a smart boat buyer you shop around. Looking in different cities or states can dramatically change the price of a boat. If you’re lucky enough to live on the East coast or the West coast you can shop North or South of you in other towns to get the best deal.
If you live on an inland lake like the Great Lakes, Salt Lake, or Lake Champaign, your options are a little limited but you can still take advantage of different cities and economic climates. There are many places to buy boats, but we’ve picked a few of the best ones.
During the winter in the northern part of the U.S., owning a boat is pretty much useless. More so if you live in areas such as Michigan, New York, or New Jersey. Although summer boating may be a pleasure many wish to have, during the winter owning a boat does nothing but burn a hole in your pocket. Is your boat creating unwanted expenses? Are you looking to cut expenses and start finding ways to save more money? If so, eliminating one of your largest expenses, such as your boat is a great place to start!
So, you bought a boat out of impulse because, well hey, who doesn’t want a boat? Now you going through your first winter as a boat owner, and have come across issues that you didn’t think about when you were signing the title at the dealership. Such as off-season expenses.