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Boat Winterizing and Storage Steps | Outboard Runabouts & Pontoons

 
boat winterizing on Big Rideau Lake

What does it take to winterize and store an outboard bowrider or pontoon for our Eastern Ontario winters? Good question, we are glad you asked! In fact, it's a common question when someone is considering storing this type of new or used boat. Every marina may do it slightly differently (depending on training, equipment, facilities, dry land vs. water based marina). Here are the steps we take at Len's Cove Marina on Big Rideau Lake:

Boat Winterizing and Storage Steps | Cruisers

 
cruiser boat storage on Big Rideau Lake

What does it take to winterize and store a cruiser (any boat with shore power, and a water system) for our Eastern Ontario winters? Good question, we are glad you asked! In fact, it's a common question when someone is considering buying this type of new or used boat. Every marina may do it slightly differently (depending on training, equipment, facilities, dry land vs. water based marina). Here are the steps we take at Len's Cove Marina on Big Rideau Lake:

Boat Winterizing and Storage Steps | Inboard Towboats

 
winterizing mastercraft ballast

What does it take to winterize and store a towboat (MasterCraft, Nautiques, Malibu, etc.) for our Eastern Ontario winters? Good question, we are glad you asked! In fact, it's a common question when someone is considering buying this type of new or used boat. Every marina may do it slightly differently (depending on training, equipment, facilities, dry land vs. water based marina). Here are the steps we take at Len's Cove Marina on Big Rideau Lake:

Boat Winterizing and Storage Steps | Inboard/Outboard Runabouts

 
Boat Winterizing on Big Rideau Lake

What does it take to winterize and store an inboard/outboard bowrider for our Eastern Ontario winters? Good question, we are glad you asked! In fact, it's a common question when someone is considering storing this type of new or used boat. Every marina may do it slightly differently (depending on training, equipment, facilities, dry land vs. water based marina). Here are the steps we take at Len's Cove Marina on Big Rideau Lake:

New and Used Boat Buying Myth | When is the Best Time to Buy?

 
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My very wise wife amazes me all the time by pulling gifts out of the closet the day before someone's birthday, or clothes for the kids that are perfect for the season. I ask, "When did you get that?" Her answer is always the same: "I bought it when I saw the right thing for the right price."

Florida vs. Big Rideau Boating | A Paradox

 
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As Canadians, we complain about the weather constantly. For good reason mind you; our winters are long, and cold. The springs feel great at first, and then we realize that they are too wet and are never really nice enough. The summer is gorgeous (usually), and we feel it is oh so short as it draws to a close. The fall is the hidden secret, September and early October are typically much nicer than late April and May ever are.

Lower Prices on Big Rideau Lake! | Winter Storage and Dockage

 
lower price for winter storage

How often do you hear that? In the spirit of giving you more value, and competing with ourselves, we are LOWERING almost all of our Winter Storage and Dockage and Storage packages! We have challenged our awesome team to find better ways, and to reduce waste at every level of the marina. This allows us to pass it onto you, so that you can spend less on your boating, and get more value out of your time on the water.

Your Fall Makes Your Spring Boating | Lessons Learned, New Ways

 
Shrink wrapping boats

Reflecting on the past is something that we do often here. We do that, not to have regrets, but to look for opportunities. Sometimes we find things that went really well and should be expanded on. Other times, there are challenges that present a chance to be better the next time.

Nice Ride! | 5 Watersports Safety Tips

 
wakeboaring on big rideau lake

My family and I have been savoring our time out on the Big Rideau Lake this summer enjoying towed watersports.   As a parent, I am precautious and protective when taking any kids or friends out for a tow.  Whether it be skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, or surfing, there are regulations in place for safety purposes.  Here are 5 tips to help avoid injury, damage to property, and/or a fine from the OPP:

Love thy Neighbour | Boating is a Community

 
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Marina life is social, fun, and should be as close to care-free as possible. Here on the Big Rideau Lake we can honestly say that there are more boats than people in permanent residence. That means there are a multitude of small details that can be missed.

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