Every year, countless boaters come to Crate’s for our service expertise. Often, we receive service requests at the start of the season when we are already swamped with spring deliveries. Over time, our regular customers have come to realize the best time to tackle a project is over the winter. Big or small, these projects can take time, so why leave it until the last minute?

As a thanks to those who regularly come to Crate’s for winter work, and to encourage others to do the same, we are offering a special “Winter Works” promotion. Book a minimum $5,000 in qualifying winter service work before September 30th 2021 and receive free winter storage at Crate’s. Don’t delay, we have limited openings in our winter schedule and work will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Additional terms and conditions apply.

Check out some examples of our most popular upgrades done by Crate’s team of service experts!

Volvo Silent Shift

Experience a whole new world of comfort and refinement with Volvo Penta Silent Shift. Building on the overwhelming success of Volvo’s legendary IPS propulsion system, Silent Shift removes that infamous clunk experienced when shifting a Volvo sterndrive. Introduced in Canada in 2020, Silent Shift utilizes a revolutionary new hydraulic clutch system that provides smooth, progressive and silent shifting. Silent Shift is now standard on all new Volvo Forward Drive, SX single prop and DPS Duo Prop drives, but it can also be retrofit to your existing late-model Volvo drive. Whether you have 19’ single-engine bowrider or a 40’ twin-engine express cruiser with joystick, let Crate’s elevate your boating experience with Silent Shift!

Learn more by watching this Youtube Video

Glass Cockpit Transformation

Do you have an older boat with antiquated navigation equipment and old analog instruments? Let Crate’s transform your helm into a sleek, modern, digital glass cockpit. Utilizing state-of-the-art displays from Garmin and Raymarine, we can seamlessly integrate your vessels systems, allowing advanced monitoring and control from the helm.

  • GPS navigation systems with auto-guidance and auto-routing
  • HD digital radar
  • Autopilot
  • Sonar / fish finders
  • FLIR night vision cameras
  • Backup & engine room cameras
  • A/V systems control
  • Digital engine instrumentation
  • Digital tank monitoring
  • Remote joystick stations for Volvo IPS
  • Systems available starting at 20’

Learn more by watching this Youtube Video

Bow Thruster

Sometimes docking your boat in the wind can be a challenge, particularly if you have outboard or sterndrive propulsion. A simple and effective solution is to add a bow thruster. Crate’s can install a bow thruster in almost any boat, starting as small as about 25’. Our professional installation means your bow thruster will look like at came from the factory!

Learn more by watching this Youtube Video


Tired of starting-up your generator just to make coffee, watch a movie, whip up that perfect frozen drink in the blender or power your c-PAP machine? Let Crate’s design and install a powerful, efficient and silent power solution that will integrate seamlessly with your onboard systems using the latest in DC-AC inverter systems and high-capacity battery banks.

Structural and Cosmetic Fibreglass Repairs

From the simplest gel repairs to touch-up a little “dock rash” to complete structural restorations, Crate’s can handle any job, big or small. Advanced composites are used by highly skilled technicians that know how to make your boat solid, safe and beautiful, all at the same time.

  • Stringer replacement
  • Osmosis blister repairs and epoxy barrier coatings
  • Deck core replacement
  • Transom core replacement
  • Swim platform core replacement
  • Non-slip deck finishes
  • Wet-sanding and polishing
  • Advanced paint systems
  • Sand blasting and bottom painting

LED Underwater Lighting

Add nighttime “WOW” factor to your sport boat, cruiser or yacht. LED underwater lights are available in a wide range of light output, colours and styles, utilizing the latest in LED technology for long-life and low power consumption. Let Crate’s configure a lighting package that’s perfect for you and your boat!

*Free winter storage offer available to customers who book $5,000 (before taxes) in qualifying winter work by September 30, 2021. Winter storage and service is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Storage and service capacities are limited. Promotion does not apply to typical winterization services, shrink wrap or storage. Payment in full is due upon completion of work. Qualified customers may be eligible to pay for their Winter Works services in 12 equal monthly payments – an administration fee will apply. Extended financing options may be available to qualified customers with terms up to 60 months OAC. Additional terms and conditions apply. Contact Crate’s for more details.

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