Marinas quickly storing boats for winter

Updated: October 09, 2019 09:35 PM

Nick Mensen is preparing to pull a boat out of Tonka Bay.

"We do hundreds of boats and we have a short period of time to do it," he said.


The docks are filled with boats and it isn't even half of what Mensen and his crew will pull out of the water to winterize. Plus, they'll run the engines off of antifreeze for a little bit to heat them up and dilute the water that's in the systems, and, among other things, pressure wash the boats for zebra mussels.

"That means we're going to have the batteries disconnected," he said.

Weather plays a big part in what they do this time of year.

"You're always concerned with when that weather might change you never know," Mensen said.

Mensen said you always want your customers who store their boats with them for the winter to get their full summer.

"And in Minnesota that doesn't always happen, you get a late spring or early fall, so they're going to want to be out there using their boats as long as possible, but we also need to get them in before that lake freezes," he said.

Gabriel Jabbour is the owner of Tonka Bay Marina. He said this year they started storing boats early.

"We started in the middle of September and we absolutely hope to finish the last week in October," Jabbour said.

Mensen said his job requires focus.

"This month, this is my life. So I don't have anything else going on, I block it out," said Mensen.

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