Kelowna Power and Sail Squadron is an organization emphasizing boating safety, power and sail navigation and offering accredited boating courses. We also organize a variety of social events, from cruises, dinners, seminars, and much more – all bringing together people with similar interests and objectives.

Check out our upcoming courses for the fall including:

Boating Essentials; begins on Monday, September 22nd & runs for 8 weeks.

Electronic Navigation; begins on Tuesday, September 30th & runs for 6 weeks.

Global Weather; begins on Wednesday, Oct 15th & runs for 9 weeks.

“…this beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath…”
Gary Paulsen, Caught by the Sea

CPS Safety Article # 5 – Preparing for Winter

Hard to believe that the boating season is coming to an end.  That’s not to say it’s time to mothball the old barge but it’s certainly time to start thinking about it.

There seems to be two schools of thought about taking your boat out for the season and there are a number of factors that come into play. Storage, a trailer, and a vehicle to tow it with come to mind.

So for those that pulling the boat out is not an option there is even more emphasis on winterization.  There is a ton of info out there on various websites and it’s worth the time to check them out.

First and foremost is to get the water out of the engine block, water heater, shower, head etc. It sounds easy but it’s surprising how often I hear of problems related to improper system drainage. A tiny bit of water that freezes in the wrong place, can do irreparable damage!! If in doubt on this task don’t mess with it, call “The Guy”, aka your marine mechanic.

I was lucky enough to be able to pull my boat out most winters as it was moored quite close to shore and I had some concerns about the hull being surrounded by ice. Whether or not the hull benefited from being able to dry out I don’t know, but that’s the thinking for a lot of boaters.

Next on the list is the batteries and better if you can get them out and home some place that’s well ventilated.  Put them on a battery tender and DO NOT forget to keep an eye on the water level.  On the latter I suggest biting the bullet and buying distilled water.  You batteries will last a lot longer.

Taking the cushions out and any bedding that could suffer from being damp is a good idea as is removing any booze.  It’s a well-known fact that most boat break-ins are people looking for something to drink. As you can see the lists goes on and on so please do your homework.

Shrink wrapping your boat solves a lot of issues and is worth pricing out.  Obviously ventilation is important so if you do tarp your boat remember to let it breath a bit.  The last thing you want is any condensation!! Last but not least if you are planning to use your boat over the winter for a bit of fishing please make sure you dress warmly and wear your life preserver. If it’s the type that activates when you hit the water please do not wear your warm winter coat over the top of it!

If you have a heater on board get it checked and a CO2 detector if the cabin is sealed.

Finally a word of thanks to Barry Gerding, (managing editor) and the Capital News, for their continuing support of Power Squadron and boat safety.

Respectfully submitted,

J. Stuart Cook