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Should You Consider Shrink Wrapping Your Boat?

Last updated 5 years ago

Boating season has drawn to a close, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to consider winter storage options for your boat. You will need to shield the engine and hull from inclement weather and cold temperatures. One boat protection option is complete shrink wrapping, which is especially helpful in places such as Maine that experience extreme winter weather. Read on to find out more about the benefits of this maintenance precaution.

Shrink Wrapping Is Watertight
In the wintertime, small fractures in your boat’s hull can quickly turn into huge cracks if you don’t properly protect it. Moisture can enter microscopic fissures, and as the water freezes, it will expand and widen the cracks. Over a whole season, this can cause considerable damage. Air- and water-tight shrink wrapping prevents condensation and freeze-related damage to your boat.

Shrink Wrapping Is Hassle-Free
When you have the staff at a marina shrink wrap your boat, the process is completely hassle-free. Shrink wrapping requires a propane torch, and the wrap itself is flammable, so it’s best to leave the job to a professional with adequate insurance coverage. This is not a do-it-yourself job, and the marina staff can completely cover your boat in less than four hours. 

Shrink Wrapping Doesn’t Allow You Access to Your Boat
If you want to repair cracks on your boat or repaint the interior during the off-season, you may not want to shrink wrap it. Unlike a cover or tarp, the shrink wrap is not reusable—to remove it, you must cut it off, and you need to re-wrap the entire boat again to protect it. A climate-controlled indoor storage facility is an alternative option for boat owners who might need to access their vessels during the wintertime.

Moose Landing Marina offers boat shrink wrapping services to our customers. Call us at (207) 693-6264 for a quote on shrink wrapping prices. If you would rather cover your boat with a tarp and store it on rack, indoors or outdoors, we also provide on-site boat storage at our Maine location.


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