Boat Dealers Urge New Owners To Winterize Boats Before It's Too Late

Thursday, October 29th 2020, 5:54 am
By: News On 6

As winter weather begins shifting out of the Tulsa metro, boating experts are urging people to winterize their boats before the window to do so closes.

Summer boat sales in Green Country skyrocketed and according to some shop owners, dealers were doubling and even tripling their inventory to keep up with demand, as the COVID-19 pandemic kept people close to home.

Now with this year’s wintery weather hitting the state unseasonably early, the manager of Ugly John’s Custom Boats, Jason Smith, said people need to have boats winterized, a process that includes draining out the water, putting in anti-freeze and keeping it out of the water if possible, to stop damage from winter weather conditions

“It’s ultra-critical, we are talking about completely ruining and engine and having to replace it,” said Smith. “Depending on the engine it could be anywhere from $10,000-20,000 to get your boat lake ready again”

Smith said having your boat winterized by professionals is best, to avoid causing unnecessary damage.