What can you do to stop the spread?

It's simple: clean, drain and dry

Clean: clean all plants and mud from your boat, trailer and equipment
Drain: eliminate all water from bilges, ballasts, live wells and engines
Dry: allow boat to completely dry before launching in other waters

If your boat has ballast tanks, an inboard motor or other raw water systems (A/C, shower), the required dry time is always 30 days.

If your watercraft does not have any of the above systems, the dry times are:

  • Summer: 7 days in June–August
  • Fall: 18 days in September–November
  • Winter: 30 days in December–February
  • Spring: 18 days in March–May