Shortly before winter arrives, you must follow a few steps to protect your boat. By winterizing your vessel, it will operate more efficiently when spring arrives the following year.
In the winter, a boat should not be stored on the water. It should be placed in a dry storage area that is designed for a boat. If you don’t have access to a storage space, simply cover your boat with shrink-wrap. Although using shrink-wrap can be a bit expensive, the material can provide efficient protection throughout the winter.
The boat’s fuel tank should be slightly below its maximum capacity. The extra space is important because the tank will expand.
Inspect the boat’s hub and propeller thoroughly. If a component is dented or damaged, replace it or perform the repairs.
If there is dirt or grime on the boat, remove it with a soft sponge or washcloth. Typically, you can clean a boat with soap while it is docked at a local marina. However, because different states have different rules, check with the proper authorities before beginning the cleaning process.
A boat must be prepped for the winter season. By implement the proper procedures, the vessel will run smoothly in the spring. For more information about boat maintenance products, click here.
Just learned about this. I was wondering about these boats on the waters before because I thought they just stay there even during winter.
Thank you for this valauble information about winterizing a boat. Living in place where winter is so painful and long its good to know about how to take care of your boat. My sister in-law have boat. I’m going to share this information to her. Thank you Sis:)
I just wonder how do owners here in our country protect their boats from corrosion.
Never imagine myself enjoying the winter. I still love it here in the Philippines even when it really goes so hot during summer. This is indeed a very informative post about protecting our boats (in case we have one ) 🙂
This is an informative post. I am wondering if my friend already knows about this- which makes me share this to her.
Boat maintenance should be handled by the experts. But of course, even non-experts can do it as well with proper knowledge and tolls at hand. Great tips though.