We strive to be transparent with all our charges and can provide you with an estimate for your vessel and the services you require. Here is our complete section of rates including storage, haul-out and the work yard. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or come see us in person with your boat.
Who should I hire to help me with my boat?
Lions Gate Marina is proud to offer you a host of top-quality trades on site as well as connections to great service providers around the city who can work onsite. These companies can provide you with an accurate picture of what they can do for you and how much it will cost. All trades are vetted and meet our WCB and Insurance requirements, as well as our very high standards.
What do I need to get started on my boat?
We require proof of insurance on all vessels and trailers on site before you can haul out your boat and start working on it or storing it with us. A credit card is also required when booking haul outs. Those working on site must have valid WCB and Liability insurance. Our work yard rules must be strictly adhered to.
Are there any work yard rules?
Yes. You must be aware and follow the work yard rules to ensure everyone’s safety.
Can you help me get my boat ready for summer?
Yes we can. There are a variety of things you must do to ensure your vessel is seaworthy. You can do it yourself at Lions Gate Marina or enlist the help of any one of our service providers who will be only too happy to serve you. Here’s a list to help you get started:
De-winterize your engine. Charge your batteries and remove any antifreeze from your holding tanks. If your oil and oil filters were not changed before winter now is the time. Run the engine and perform a thorough engine test. Many mechanics on site provide thorough Spring Servicing for all types of engines. This is the best way to start the season safely with peace of mind.
Inspect the canvas and vinyl. Check your bimini top, seats, covers, and other vinyl and canvas items for tears, mildew and dirt. Repair tears and holes, and then clean with the proper cleaner for canvas and vinyl.
Inspect and clean the hull. Carefully inspect the hull for blisters or other chips and cracks as well as for chalky residue. If you find blisters, it may indicate a larger issue, for blister, chip, and crack repairs consult a professional. If the boat’s hull is chalky, it could indicate oxidation. This can be reversed with proper detailing techniques to restore the boat to its original luster. Apply a fresh coat of wax and throughout the summer follow a cleaning and waxing regimen to keep oxidation at bay.
Inspect the bottom. Bottom paint loses its anti-fouling properties after different lengths of time. Look at the date of your last paint job and check the paint manufacturer’s specs to confirm you’re good for the season. If the boat is in the water and shows signs of growth it may be time to pressure wash and reapply the paint. Some bottom paints expire completely when out of the water for multiple months. It is also good to check for any flaking of paint or blisters in the hull.
Inspect the windshield wipers. Inspect and replace windshield wipers if necessary. If the wipers are in good condition, apply a rubber lubricant to protect them from the harsh marine environment. Some experts recommend stowing wipers until you need them to keep them in good condition longer.
Polish metal and teak. Known as brightwork, metal and teak enhance the look of your boat. Prolonged neglect of metal and teak can result in pitting and eventually compromise the integrity of the materials and their intended use. To protect the metal, use metal polisher and for teak, it is usually recommended that you sand it and then apply stain and varnish.
Test and replace all electronics. Bring all the electronics back on board and do a thorough test to be sure they are working properly. Test the radio, GPS, compass, depth finder, and any other marine electronics.
Clean the interior. Whether you have an open deck or cabin with full galley, clean the area thoroughly to remove dirt and debris. Bring any cushions and carpeting that were removed for winter back onboard.