Winter Storage

Why choose Haven Harbour?

  • More than 10 ABYC trained travelift and hydraulic trailer operators, with over 30 years’ experience
  • All vessels handled and blocked to the highest of ABYC standards
  • Complimentary vessel inspection and recommendations from ABYC service technicians to maintain boat in optimal condition
  • Meticulously maintained state-of-the-art boat handling equipment
  • Constant monitoring (24/7) of all vessels stored at Haven Harbour Marina Resorts
  • Both dry and wet (ice-free on spacious docks) storage available at 2 locations for vessels up to 70’ in length and 110,000 lbs
  • Onsite fuel & pump out capabilities for proper winter fueling standards
  • Onsite fully stocked marine store for all mechanical and winterizing needs
  • Monthly onboard battery charging and inspection services
  • Full-time, year-round service staff of more than 30 highly trained and experienced technicians to handle all your vessel’s winterization (and year-round) needs, including a full rigging department for rigging & sail maintenance
  • In-house, professional shrink wrapping and custom canvas covering capabilities
  • Discounts available for year-round customers

TOP 10 WINTER STORAGE TIPS

Choosing a Marina/Boatyard that provides all of the items mentioned will reduce your anxiety and improve your overall boating experience. Haven Harbour Marina and Haven Harbour South provide the facilities and the trained staff to take care of your vessel during Winter Storage and have it in tip-top shape for the upcoming boating season.

#1 THE BOATYARD

  • Facility must have ABYC trained lift and hydraulic trailer operators for the safe handling of your vessel
  • Lift Crew must have proper training in blocking vessels to ABYC standards
  • Boat Handling equipment must be maintained properly, inspected frequently and in top-notch condition
  • Boatyard must have full-time, year round staff to monitor vessels daily

#2 WET WINTER STORAGE

  • Should you chose Wet Storage, your facility should have spacious floating docks to accommodate larger than normal tide variances.
  • Facility must have a sufficient amount of de-icing equipment skillfully placed to prevent dangerous ice from forming around your vessel and causing damage.
  • Facility must also have a full-time, year round staff to closely monitor wet stored vessels multiple times per day

#3 INTERIOR PREPARATION

  • All perishables and/or items that will freeze and burst must be removed.
  • Cushions and soft goods should be placed in a position to allow airflow, or should be removed from vessel and stored in a dry environment. Winter provides a good opportunity to have cushions professionally cleaned.
  • Moisture absorbing pots and products, such as tea tree oil should be placed throughout the cabin to kill mold spores.

#4 FUEL SYSTEMS

  • Today’s gasoline containing at least 10% Ethanol has changed how we long term store this fuel. Based on the properties of gasoline containing Ethanol, we suggest leaving the tanks as empty as possible, treating with stabilizer, topping off tanks with fresh gasoline in the spring and changing fuel filters at Spring Commissioning.
  • Diesel Fuel tanks get topped off, at winterization, to prevent condensation from forming in the tanks.

#5 UPGRADES & IMPROVEMENTS

The Winter Storage season also provides a great opportunity to have any upgrades or Improvements performed on your vessel. Examples range from Topside Painting, Rigging, Electronics, Engine Repowers (or major service), etc.

#6 BATTERY MAINTENANCE

  • Removal of batteries from your vessel and storage in our battery charging facility.
  • Monthly Onboard battery charging/checks, by our technicians, recording voltages and checking the condition of the batteries.
  • Batteries that have reached their useful life expectancy can be disposed of at lay up and new batteries installed at Spring Commissioning.

#7 MARINE STORE

Facility must have a fully stocked Marine Store for all mechanical and winterizing needs, whether you are performing this work yourself or having your vessel professionally winterized.

#8 WINTERIZE ON-BOARD SYSTEMS

Boatyard must have a large, highly trained workforce to enable completion of winterization  in a limited amount of time.

#9 WINTER BOAT COVERS

We recommend professionally shrink wrapping your vessel, with proper ventilation, or a Custom fabricated cover.

#10 GEAR INSPECTIONS

The Winter Storage season provides an excellent opportunity to have your vessel’s running gear and underwater fittings professionally inspected and repairs performed.