Assuming I change the oil and antifreeze the raw water intake, how do marinas deal with getting the boat the the haul-out area? I'm confused. What order and when should I do the winterization of everything?
Ideally you do it w/in very close range of the haul-out apparatus so the boat can just be walked over to the lift/crane. Otherwise the fresh-water system anti-freeze has to be done on the hard, which almost certainly means removing the thermostat (temporarily) and might mean having to capture the exhaust.
Also, what is your opinion on this? The marina I currently keep my sailboat in sent me the usual winter contract for storage. Attached was an optional list of their offerings for winterizing. After sending my check for winter haul-out, I was called by the manager to tell me that this marina "is a full service marina". Basically, he told me that we needed for THEM to do ALL winterization or else I could not store my boat there.
As somebody else suggested: You're probably stuck this time, but I'd be looking for a new marina.
When we brought our boat up, all the local marinas wanted to charge us for a full season when the season was already half over. That told me all I needed to know about how commercial marinas operate. So we joined the sail club we were planning to join, anyway. With slip fee, annual membership dues, and haul-out/storage/put-in fees it comes to about
the same as one of the marinas, plus we have the camaraderie of the club, the facilities of the clubhouse, etc.
I mentioned that my boat neighbor does all his own winterization to which the manager replied, "well, I'm not letting new people do that." Is this strange?
Strange? No. Seems predatory to tell you at the point you're already committed, tho. (I assume you weren't warned when you signed up for a slip there.) Could be any number of reasons. Could be insurance reasons. Could be the decided they needed another revenue stream. Could be both.