While some marinas shut down during the winter months, we shorten our hours but remain open. Staff here are never layed off, we work a full 12 months.
Boats still sell in the winter...sold one a few days ago. Marina infastructure still needs attention...the lakeside is close to being finished but our new highway 28 showroom still has a list of work. Now is also the time when we replenish stock. The restaurant is closed and has now become an extension of our office - excuse the paperwork and boxes of new stock everywhere - it needs to be entered into our system still.
Our winter work is 'catch up' on projects that summer does not allow time for. We book in clients who have boats that require work, work that is not so urgent that they are willing to give up the boat for a period of time in the summer to get it done. Work such as replacing a floor that has rotted, upholstery that has holes or is badly damaged and just needs replacing. Pulling out moldy carpet and replacing with carpet or vinyl.
Fall work is finished now. All but the few that still need shrinkwrapping. Fall was the time for work on the hull of boats. Hull washes and in many cases, waxing to bring life back into the dull finish of the boat. Waxing takes many hours so it is an expense but important to do every few years to maintain the boat. The before/after is significant.
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