Story by Janmarie Foschini
DeFeo’s Marina, located at 672 Jersey Ave. in Greenwood Lake, hosted their 39th annual Boat Show in August. Owners and brothers Steve and Rick have been operating the marina and hosting annual boat shows for over 39 years.
The latest boat show drew a large crowd eager to view the latest Bennington pontoon boats as well as other models. Guests were treated to food and drinks, games, and music while touring the boats and hearing about the boat’s features.
DeFeo’s sells over 100 pontoon boats yearly with sizes ranging from 16 feet to 30 feet long. Some boats are equipped with electric motors for restricted lakes and the others are mounted with Yamaha motors
The Marina offers new and used boats, boat slips, winter storage, and boat launching. Boat launch is $10 for weekdays and $50 for weekends and holidays. Certified mechanics are on site and offer a full service menu for all boating needs including repairs to engines, canvas and cleaning, and detailing of boats.
DeFeo’s will winterize, shrink wrap. and store boats all winter and when the nice weather returns they will pull boats, summerize them and have them ready either in a designated slip or on the owner’s trailer ready to go in the water.
Staff members at the marina offered the following tips on keeping a pontoon boat clean and well maintained:
Engine: Change the fuel filter at the start of each season. Early summer is the most common time for pontoon boat owners to perform routine maintenance. Check spark plugs, fuel and fluid levels, and look for signs of rust or wear on components. Be sure to keep up with all of the recommended maintenance per the engine manufacturer.
Battery: Batteries should be inspected regularly to ensure that they are in proper working order. If an owner is unsure of what to look for, bring the battery to the staff & they can test it, make recommendations, or assist in getting a new battery if needed.
Summer: Performing a summer safety check is essential to ensure your that a boat is ready to transport people safely. Inspect the exterior for holes, cracks, punctures, or corrosion that needs immediate attention.
Winter: Before putting a boat away for the winter, take the time to ensure that it is ready for months of cold temperatures by cleaning it and taking steps to protect the boat. After cleaning the boat inside and out, use a boat cover or have the pontoon shrink wrapped to prevent water and debris from falling into the boat. Store the boat safely away from objects that could cause damage such as trees.
Steve says, on behalf of everyone at DeFeo’s Marina, “Thank you to the community, our customers and beyond for supporting us and our marina all these years and it’s our pleasure to serve you.”