Is your vessel ready for winter?

As a vessel owner, you are best suited for keeping your vessel in good shape.

We have already written on how to correctly prepare your vessel for stationary periods on multiple occasions. It is always a good idea to take another look at the recommendations, whether you are the owner of a motorboat, a sailboat or a larger yacht.  Vessel owners and users always face the same task: to take all the necessary precautions to make sure their vessel is safe and sound during the winter, whether at sea or on land.
We would like to draw your attention to the most common risks that can cause major damage:
  • fire
  • sinking
  • damage to the boat’s shell and equipment

Faulty electrical installations and devices on board the ship; faulty battery equipment or faulty electrical devices on board the ship are the most common causes of fire on a vessel. Worn-out valves and faulty installations and cables on board the ship may cause sinking. Worn-out or loosely tied equipment (tarpaulin, ropes, supports, etc.)  may be damaged, blown away by the wind or cause other major damage to the boat.

What can you do to minimise possible damages?

This is just a quick reminder of several important activities and rules that each responsible boat owner or user ought to undertake and make a habit of doing. These activities and rules help prevent any possible damage to your vessel, as well as to nearby boats and/or property of third parties, not to mention damage to human health and lives, which always come first.
  • Before disembarking, make sure to close all gas bottle valves. We also recommend that you remove gas bottles from the boat when you are not using it. Double-check and close the fuel valves on the fuel tanks and the sea valves (Kingston).
  • It is mandatory to disconnect the vessel from the power supply and to turn off the main switch.The marina staff may disconnect the power supply on vessels if they determine that no crew is aboard. This procedure is necessary for safety reasons. Thank you for understanding.
  • The onboard drinking water system - tank or boiler - should be drained of water. This is recommended for both vessels on land and those at sea. We particularly recommend you do this on vessels that are on land to prevent pipes/tanks from freezing or rupturing.
  • You should remove and store the awning and similar deck equipment in a safe place - if the vessel will be hauled onto land, this is mandatory!
  • Make sure all windows are tightly closed.
  • Book our free black water holding tank emptying service. We recommend that all owners of vessels wintering on land or using dry dock services make an appointment for black water holding tank emptying services before hauling the vessel onto land. Book your appointment in advance. Emptying services are carried out from Monday to Friday in two time slots: at 9:00 and 13:00. Vessels are emptied at a set location at pier A1.
  • For sailboats wintering on land or the dry dock, the mainsail must be stored well and the jib must be removed, which is also recommended for sailboats remaining at sea.  
  • The fenders of vessels wintering on land must be taken down and stored as they are not necessary there and may damage the hull paint because that they are more exposed to the wind compared to when the vessel is in the water.
  • If you would like to protect your vessel with a winter tarpaulin, the tarpaulin must be of high quality and suitable for the vessel; otherwise, it may tear and cause even greater damage.Our staff can empty your tarpaulin where large amounts of rainwater have accumulated. This service comes at an additional cost.
  • In case of heavy rain or longer periods of rain, we may not be able to promptly empty the water from your tarpaulin. Therefore, it is extremely important to give due regard to the quality of your boat’s tarpaulin because the accumulation of water may cause additional costs, as well as further damage to your boat.
  • To take down, tie or store your sails, install the tarpaulin and for other services related to tarpaulin repair, we recommend that you contact one of our certified partners.
  • When in need of regular inspection of the state of your vessel and its equipment, feel free to contact our experts at the Punat Shipyard Yacht Service or our certified partners.

We would like to remind you that winter service packages are available and more information on them can be found on our website.

With prior booking at, we charge for our marina staff services according to our current price list.

And don’t forget, time flies and spring is just around the corner - book your regular vessel, equipment and propulsion engine spring maintenance services well in advance!
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