6 Ways to Winterize Your Boat

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With fall approaching the time to start prepping and storing your boat for the upcoming season is now. Why store your boat? There are plenty of reasons, some of these being to protect it from weather and theft. As well allow you convenient access to work on it, and to avoid possible environmental mishaps such as leaks or debris. Don’t be caught dead in the water, follow these tips to help properly preserve your boat during the winter months.

Inspect Your Boat

Giving your boat a good walk around and looking for any possible repairs is a must before storing. Inspect your boat from bow to stern, checking for holes or punctures to your boat’s underside, leaks in your fuel or water lines, and scanning the propeller, pumps, anchor, etc. to make sure they are in sound mechanical condition. Checking these items off your list before storing will be much easier than trying to rush repairs next spring.

Clean Your Boat

Washing your boat has multiple benefits, such as keeping your boat looking good, protecting the integrity and structure of the boat, preventing water pollution, and allowing your boat to perform at its peak ability. When cleaning your boat everything should be scrubbed, including the exterior, interior, seats, accessories, windows, life jackets, etc. Lastly, make sure your boat has time to dry after a good wash, open all drain plugs and allow your boat to air out, this will help prevent mold and mildew from growing as your boat is in storage.

Check Electrical Connections

Disconnect all electronics to avoid any shortages, electrical fires, or the draining of your marine battery. Starting from the front of your boat and working back, check electrical lines, gauges, depth finders, radios, and any other appliance that could cause an issue. Checking electrical systems is even more important if you’re storing your boat indoors.

Check Your Boats Fluids

Go through all your boat’s fluids to help reduce the risk of corrosion and deterioration. Some fluids that should be changed are the oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, and gas. Along with these fluids you may need to replace the oil filter, flush the old anti-freeze, and replace it with new, and add fuel stabilizer to the gas, making sure the gas doesn’t go “stale” over the duration of storage.

Properly Cover

Cover your boat with a tarp, cloth cover, or shrink wrap to protect against moisture, mildew, dust, and debris. When protecting your boat use a tight-fitting cover to seal it, you don’t want anything finding its way in your boat that could cause damage.

Don’t Forget the Accessories

Store life jackets, flags, cushions, and canopies indoors to avoid potential weathering and damage. This also includes checking your boat trailer, it’s tires, hitch, brake lights, and loading guides.

Contact Cross Insurance today for a boat insurance quote, let us help finish protecting your boat by discussing your coverage options.