Fall has officially begun, and if you’re a northern boater, you’ve likely started thinking about your options for the coming winter. If you’re planning to stay put, it’s of course imperative to winterize your vessel before the mercury dips below freezing. If you’re of a more adventurous mind, or live aboard your boat, it’s probably time to pick out a southern winter haven for your boat.
Option 1: Winterizing Your Vessel
As the nights get longer and colder, winterizing your vessel becomes an absolute necessity. Fresh water expands in volume by about 9% as it freezes, pushing outwards with a force that can crack an engine block, damage fiberglass, split hoses, and more. According to BoatUS, “Boats properly stored ashore and winterized are most likely to hit the water without damage and be ready for on-the-water fun come spring.”
Click here for some great resources from BoatUS on winterizing your vessel, including a full Winterizing Checklist.
Don’t forget: If you are planning on Winterizing your boat, it is important you own boaters insurance in the event something goes wrong. Click Here to read Allstate Insurance’s blog: “Do I Need Boat Insurance for Winter?”
Option 2: Hit the High Seas (or Rivers) and Head for a Winter Haven
If you’re a northern live aboard, or can’t bear the thought of shrink wrapping your boat for the entire season, why not come down to Florida? With cozy temperatures all winter long, the average high here in the Port Canaveral area is a toasty 73° F, with the average low settling around 54.5° F.
Located Just 2.5 miles west of Port Canaveral, between the Indian (ICW) and Banana rivers, Harbortown Marina is the perfect winter haven for any northern boater. Now a full-service marina with the lowest ethanol-free fuel prices on the Space Coast, Harbortown has a lot to offer snowbirds and transient boaters.
Reasons Why Harbortown Marina is the Perfect Winter Haven for Your Boat:
- Cozy Florida winter temperatures Nov.-Feb.
- Brackish water harbor prevents excessive bottom growth
- Dock-and-dine at Port Canaveral restaurants, or at Harbortown
- Located just 1 hour from Orlando attractions
- 7-minute taxi ride to Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminals
With a long list of new and updated amenities, including an updated laundry facility, in-ground pool, clean heated restrooms and showers, on-site restaurant, and all-new resident recreation area, The Family Spot, Harbortown also has the friendliest boating community around.
Snowbirds and transient boaters are always welcome at Harbortown, and we think you’ll really love the relaxed, friendly, professional atmosphere here at the marina. Wondering what there is to do in the area? Check out our post on “Things to Do During Your Stay at Harbortown Marina”.
Contact our office for more details or to check availability! Call us at 321-453-0160, or click here to send us a message.