Well – here we are. Summer has come and gone – way too quickly! Cool nights are upon us, leaves are starting to change color and soon we (northerners!) will be shoveling and plowing snow!
With all of that ahead – you may be wondering what you need to do to winterize your Nauticraft boat.
First of all, if you live in a climate that is going to freeze, you will want to take your boat out of the water. Ice can cause damage to the pedal drive system and moving ice flows may also cause the hull to become misshapen.
You will then need to drain any water which may have entered the boat during the year and accumulated between the hulls. This step is especially critical for boats that are stored in freezing weather conditions.
Drain holes for both the Encore & the Sprite can be found at the rear of the boat on the keels. These drain plugs should be removed to allow any water (this should be very minimal) to drain out. MAKE SURE TO REPLACE THE DRAIN PLUGS AFTER THIS PROCESS!
Water in the Escapade should first be pumped out via the bilge pump. A sponge can then be used to clean out any excess water in the Escapade’s bilge.
If you have an electric boat, we suggest disconnecting the battery after charging it fully and then attaching a trickle charger to protect it from becoming too depleted. If storing the battery on a concrete floor, you may want to set it on a piece of wood. This will prevent it from getting too cold and reducing storage capacity.
We highly recommend storing your boat inside. If it is necessary to store it outside, you will want to cover it tightly to keep dirt, moisture and squirrels out. Make sure that the cover is heavy enough so it won’t rip and let water inside. You will also need a support to keep the cover well above the windshield to protect it from the weight of snow accumulation.
You might want to check out the videos on our website which further describe winterizing your pedal, pedal/electric or electric boat. We think that you will find these very helpful!
NOTE: We regret to say that we will no longer be at the Tampa Boat show. We will certainly keep you notified of future shows where we will be in attendance. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you! The boat shows in Florida are starting to ramp up! Check out one of our 4-person Encore Pedal/Electric boats at the Tampa Boat Show, taking place in less than two weeks. Details are as follows:
Tampa Boat Show
September 7–9, 2018
Tampa Convention Center Friday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
333 S. Franklin St. Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tampa FL 33602 Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Nauticraft is looking forward to hearing how well our Escapade Pedal boat and its owner perform at the upcoming Seventy48 race. Yep – a 70 mile race with a time frame of 48 hours. Did we mention that it is a race of Human Power Only – i.e. pedal, paddle, row?! It is taking place starting June 11, 2018 and starts in Tacoma, Washington and ends up in Port Townsend, Washington. Check out the below video and see “The AquaVan” in action!! (Note that Nauticraft does not condone the use of our boats in rough waterways or extreme conditions. It is solely the boat owner’s choice as to how/when they use our boats.)
We’re excited to be at another boat show in Florida! Come check out our Encore Pedal/Electric boat at the Big Boy Toyz Expo:
February 23 – 25, 2018
Charlotte Harbor Event & Convention Center
75th Taylor St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
NOTE: Were sorry to say that we will no longer be at this boat show. We will, though, be at the upcoming Big Boys Toy Show coming up in Florida. More details to follow!! We’re starting off the 2018 New Year with yet another boat show! Come check out the Encore Pedal/Electric boat at the Charlotte County Boat Show in Florida. Specifics are as follows:
17th Charlotte County Boat Show
Date: January 11-14, 2018
Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds
Admission: Free admission to the public and $5 parking.
Address: 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL, 33948
Hope to see you there!!
If you missed seeing our Encore P/E boat at the Fort Myers boat show – not to worry! It will be on display at the upcoming Cape Coral Outdoor Expo & Boat Show. Be sure to stop by and check it out!!
Dec 8 – 10, 2017
German American Social Club
2101 SW Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL
Nauticraft is excited to have our Encore Pedal/Electric Boat on display at the Fort Myers, FL boat show. Come check it out!!
45th Annual Fort Myers Boat Show
NOV. 16-19, 2017
- Harbourside Event Center & City Yacht Basin
Downtown Fort Myers, Florida
Thank you, Nancy, for the pictures you sent of your most recent 8-mile excursion on the Mallard Pedal boat in St Petersburg, FL. The Mallard was the predecessor to our Escapade Pedal boat. What a great job she has done in keeping the Mallard looking so good!
Nauticraft has for sale an original Mallard – as well as some original WaterBugs – both designed by Garry Hoyt (renowned yacht designer from Newport, Rhode Island) and built by the Harken Brothers (makers of yacht hardware). (Please reference our blog posting of March 10 which gives a further description of these boats & their history.)
We also have two fiberglass Mallard boats available for sale which were built by Nauticraft in the early years.
The Mallards are all in good operating condition. The Waterbugs will need some refurbishing and are being sold in “as is” condition. Call or E-mail us if you are interested! 231-798-8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Nauticraft’s “End of Season” specials! For a limited time only, we are offering a 10% discount off the price of a new boat. Be sure to reference the special when you contact us! We also have in stock several demo boats that have been discounted. These boats all come with our full 2-year warranty. You can contact us either via E-mail at: email@example.com or via phone at 231-798-8440. Note our business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., EST, Monday – Thursday. We look forward to hearing from you & selling you a boat!!