As winter draws near, the boating season slows down for many boating enthusiasts located in colder regions. Boat owners are making plans to store their boats if they haven’t already. If you’re a boat owner and are making the same preparations, we’ve compiled a few steps on how to prepare your boat for winter. “Winterizing” your boat is a must to keep your vessel in peak condition and ready for the spring/summer boating season.
Since your boat is a significant investment, proper planning is required to prepare it for the winter season. If you do not winterize your boat, you could put your vessel at risk of developing rust and accelerating its wear during this storage period.
STEP 1 – Empty and Clean Your Boat
Likely an obvious first step is to empty and clean your boat. As soon as you get the boat out of the water, give it a thorough cleanse to remove any dirt or debris. Ensure you use the correct cleaning products to avoid scratching the boat. Aside from removing your valuables from the interior of the boat, be sure to clean out your fridge, freezer, and cabinets too. Anything that may freeze and break should be removed from the boat. Also, take preventative measures to avoid mold and mildew building. A humidifier is a reliable option to help control moisture throughout the cabin, for example.
STEP 2 – Inspect the Electrical System
Confirming your boat’s electrical components are properly working before storage is critical. Check your electrical connector and power cord. Should you notice signs of a loose connection, corrosion, discoloring, rust, or burns, in your current shore power system, it’s time to upgrade. With SmartPlug, you’ll have a secure, weatherproof electrical connection, with boat safety standards met. Review our lineup of marine products here.
STEP 3 – Prepare the Engine: Fueling Up and Stabilization
Since your boat cannot function without adequate boat power from the engine, protect the engine from rusting and freezing. How? For inboard engines: an oil change is key, as is flushing the engine with non-toxic antifreeze. For outboard engines: treat your fuel tank with fuel stabilizer, flush the engine with fresh water, and lightly lubricate the exterior.
Any residual liquid in your water or sanitation system should be treated before winter storage to avoid a line freezing and bursting, destroying your interior! It’s best to keep your boat’s fuel tank full to deter condensation during winter storage. You can also use a fuel stabilizer to ensure the fuel stays in its best condition while not in use for a few months.
STEP 4 – Cover Your Boat
Many people store their boats under tarps; we suggest you wrap your vessel before storing them for ideal pressurizing and sealing. Shrink-wrapping could be the best choice for you.
As avid boaters for many years, trust us when we tell you just how important it is to prepare your boat for winter. Save your future time, money, and stress by completing these easy steps NOW! In a few months, you’ll be glad you did.
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