Last Day on the Boat – End of Another Boating Season

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Making the most of the last day on the boat with winterizing maintenance, a dock stroll, marina fun and an epic last sunset of the boating season

The end of boating season usually comes faster than we’d like, but when cold weather looms we need to get ready to wrap up another season of fun on the water. The end to boating season is bitter sweet – we are ready for a break from every weekend at the boat but also a bit sad knowing it will be nearly 6 months until we are back on board.

So what is the final day on our boat like? It’s a mix of chores to get the boat ready for winter and some last moments of fun at the marina. Of course most of the chores are done by the the captain & first mate – winterizing and packing up the boat. The kids join in to help where they can too (when they are not soaking in one last day of fun on the boat and at the marina).

We usually spend one last night on our boat and spread out the chores between two days. On day one we’ll take care of winterizing the fresh water tank and changing the generator oil, the next day we do a final pump-out and pack it up all of our interior boat items (bedding, food, toiletries, kid’s toys etc.). After that, Captain Brian will make a separate day trip back to the boat for final winterizing of the engines.

In between the end of season boat chores, we usually have a little time to soak in the last day on the boat and at our marina.

End of Boating Season Video

Check out our video recap of the end of boating season & last day on the boat!
(Also be sure to see the bonus pics at the end of this post!)

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More End of Boating Season Fun

Here are a few more fun photos from our last day on the boat.

Lining up the antifreeze for filling our fresh water tank on the bow. This year the kids help hand each bottle to Captain Brian as he filled the tank – a big help! I just love the beautiful mix of clouds and blue sky contrasted by pink antifreeze!

boat antifreeze

Our new favorite snack – the boat charcuterie. Always a mix of something new to munch on while hanging out at the boat. Our last day on the boat charcuterie was a nice mix of salami, cheeses, humus, olives, spicy mustard and pita chips.

Marina fun with the kids. We did a lot of running around taking pictures, video and our latest obsession – boomerangs! This kid totem pole pose with the illuminated cloud backdrop makes this one of my favorite photos of the season.

The view atop the hill at our marina is EVERYTHING. And of course the cute kids looking back makes for the perfect photo.

kids marina view

One last (very short) cruise to the fuel dock for a last pump-out. This happens the morning of our last day when we are nearly packed up and ready to go… because NO ONE uses the head after the last pump-out!

boat kids dock

The final sunset of the season hits the bow of our boat.

boat sunset view

Watch the video to see it all…

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Diane Seltzer

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Diane is the founder of as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids Active in the boating industry, Diane has also led the marketing for multiple recreational boating businesses and startups.
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