Keep your boat happy this winter

Hello to you all! Winter is well and truly here – which means it’s even more important to make sure your boat is stored and maintained correctly – see a couple of our top tips below – because let’s face it, no one wants boat issues come springtime.

For trailer boaties, we have the perfect solution: our dedicated trailer storage space. Not only will your boat be safe and secure, but you’ll also have instant access to the boat ramp. And if you need a place to store your motorhome or caravan, our storage space is more than happy to accommodate them too.

Need some work done? Winter is also a great time to get your boating projects and maintenance sorted – and our resident marine service providers have everything from electrical to spraying covered.

Till next time, stay warm, stay safe, and most importantly, keep your boat happy this winter – we look forward to seeing you around TMP.

Tamaki Marine Park: Expectations Happily Exceeded

When Mark Oberman, a Tauranga project manager, contracted a Riviera 68 to us, for a complete overhaul, he had some reservations about working with an Auckland-based business. He’s heard some stories about dealing with Auckland business – and they weren’t great!

But we’re glad to say that his experience at Tamaki Marine Park turned around those preconceptions, and exceeded his expectations in every way.

From the moment Mark arrived at TMP, he was greeted with a warm welcome. And the staff, led by Martin, went over above to ensure that Mark’s tight timeline was met. Our Fijian workers played a big role in Mark’s project too – always ready to lend a helping hand and make sure everything ran smoothly.

“I couldn’t help but notice their attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile,” said Mark.

During the project, Mark took advantage of the wide range of services we offer at TMP, from the haul-out to the various trades who are resident here. Gloss Boats, HMB Electrical, and Marine Detailing all played crucial roles in the overhaul.

And Mike from Aquaplumb kept Mark fueled with his fantastic coffee – Mark even joked that he must have been a barista in his past life! (Mike deserves a high five).

To make sure the project stayed on track, we brought in additional contractors to help meet the tight deadlines. We knew the amount of work that needed to be done in such a short timeframe was substantial, but with careful coordination everything ran smoothly.

We were thrilled to hear Mark’s feedback after the project was completed.

In his own words, “It was spectacular, the ease of TMP management and workmanship, considering the amount of work needed to be done and the tight timeline given. The customer care on the whole project was outstanding.”

By the end of the project, we had completely erased any negative thoughts Mark had about us ‘Aucklanders’. He was thrilled with the results and the exceptional service he received from all involved. In fact, he now highly recommends our services to anyone, whether they’re based in Auckland or beyond.

The Dry Stack Crew are at your service.

When you have your boat in the Tamaki Marine Park Drystack, you can rest assured that our team will look after your boat like it’s their own. It’s all about providing exceptional customer service and peace of mind you can trust. Here are a few words from Patrick, our Filipino dry stack master!

Winter Boat Storage: Top Tips

Keep Fuel Tanks Full

During winter storage, it’s crucial to keep your boat’s fuel tanks full to prevent condensation. Moisture can lead to corrosion and fuel degradation, especially in diesel tanks, where it can cause the growth of diesel bugs, resulting in costly repairs! Petrol tanks can also get water buildup; keeping them at least half full allows for “breathing” with temperature changes, preventing fuel staleness. Remember, full tanks retain freshness!

Protect Your Boat from UV Damage

Prolonged exposure to UV light can damage your boat’s surfaces and equipment. To safeguard your vessel during the off-season, consider using custom-fitted covers for exterior fixtures or simply drape a sheet over seats or the helm station. It’s also a good idea to move electronics, such as chartplotters and sounders, to a warm, dry indoor location for the winter.

Secure Loose Items

Before storing your boat for the winter, make sure to strap down or remove any items that could potentially blow away or get damaged. This includes:

  • Paddle boards
  • Kayaks
  • Boat covers
  • Cushions
  • Life jackets
  • Fishing gear

Secure these items properly or store them indoors to prevent loss or damage from strong winds or storms during the winter months.

Perform a Thorough Cleaning

One crucial tip for winter boat storage is to perform a thorough cleaning before storing your vessel. This involves:

  • Washing the exterior to remove salt, dirt, and grime
  • Cleaning and drying the interior, including carpets and upholstery
  • Emptying and cleaning storage compartments
  • Removing any food items to prevent mould and pests

A clean boat is less likely to develop mould, mildew, or attract pests during storage. Moreover, starting the next boating season with a clean vessel will be much more enjoyable!

Your One Stop Marine Services Shop

At Tamaki Marine Park Boatyard we take a lot of pride in the range and quality of marine services we have onsite. Our service providers are genuine experts in their fields – plus they often work together projects – which makes the process easier.

Winter Specials

With winter well and truly here – keep an eye out for special offers from our service providers – winter isn’t just a time to make the most of sharp pricing – you’ll well and truly avoid the pre-Labour Weekend rush too!

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