We have started receiving a few questions from our members and have shared these with some of our captains for feedback. Do you have a question? Each month, we will feature a few questions and include answers. Send them to us at: AskTheCaptain@seatow.com.
Get On The Ball
Q: I’ve winterized my boat but the cover I use no longer fits tight and rain water collects and puddles in various areas, then freezes. Is there a cheap way to prop up the cover so rain runs off the sides?
Greg – Baltimore, MD
A: Great question and a common problem many boaters experience. A quick and cheap solution is to your local discount store and buy two or three Pilates balls to slide in under your cover where it typically sags. You can also inflate them to certain levels if more or less height is needed. Just be sure to buy them do not accidently borrow them from your significant other.
Bungee Up Tight
Q: No matter how tight I secure my boat on the trailer with the front winch, it will often slide forward if I have to hit the brakes hard to stop. The result will leave my stern straps (tiedowns) loose and dangling. I lost three stern straps this summer. Is there an easy way to prevent my straps from coming off when the boat moves on the trailer?
Ray - Milwaukee, Wis.
A: There’s an easy fix to this. Simple hook a regular bungee cord into the loops at each end of the tiedowns and spread it across the entire length so it’s tight when hooked on the boat. When the boat moves on the trailer, the bungee cord will keep the stern straps tight preventing them from coming off the boat. You’ll never lose another tie down again.