I read a post on Facebook last week that said 'Only 90 more days until Winter.' I was surprised and not surprised that fall is here. With the cooler temperatures also comes extremely low flow boating or 'gulp' no more boating until spring. For those of us who are, resentfully so, done for the year, it's time to start thinking about cleaning up the boating gear and storing it for the winter.
· First, get the boat blown up early on a warm day so that all of the food wrappers, mud, rock, cans, bottles, gear and other forgotten items can be cleaned out.
· Get out the hose and wash rag so the boat can be washed and wiped down. You can use some dishsoap and water to clean the boat if there are patches of mud or other 'substances' stuck. A little elbow grease should do the trick.
(Another reason to do a thorough cleaning before storage is mice! They like to chew through boats, especially if there is food residue left inside.)
· Prop the boat up in a shady spot to air dry for a few hours. This let's the water drain off and out of the boat.
· How you ask should the boat be stored? In an ideal world it is best to store the boat softly inflated. But really, who has room for that? Not me, so roll the boat up, throw a strap around it and store it where the sun don't shine...in your garage or storage shed out of the sunlight and the elements.
Oh, if your boat does need some repairs done to it, now is a great time to get it to one of our repair facilities. Give them a call prior to sending so they know it will be coming.
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