Summer’s end is steadily approaching and it is time to put aside your boat for the next season. This task is not as simple as parking a car and it takes a little bit more effort to preserve your boat over colder months of the year since there are many parts exposed to bad weather and thus susceptible to corrosion.

You don’t really want to start the season off by having to deal with expensive and long repairs caused by poor conditions you left it in. Experts at PCE have helped us make a list of most important things you need to pay attention to in order to properly prepare your boat for the winter and therefore prolong its life for years to come.

Last check before you go :

Before the season officially ends you should do like a final check-up of your boat to see if there currently are any malfunctions that cannot wait or could just become bigger if not attended to in a timely fashion. This mostly refers to the state of the engine or any breaches in the hull which can only worsen in harsh conditions of winter.

Drain it :

You need to remove the boat from the water and drain it. Antifreeze should be used on water tanks and bilge to protect from freezing, and a moisture displacer can be used on the bilge as well.

Clean it :

The boat should be thoroughly cleaned using water and soap, both interior and exterior. All the inventory inside should also be wiped, refrigerators and any other appliances emptied and cleaned. After you’ve done the job and left the boat to dry, you need to evenly wax the hull and superstructure to add the additional layer of protection versus elements.

Prepare the engine for winter :

The engine needs to be flushed to make sure that there are no external elements left inside, antifreeze needs to be refilled and oil and filters changed. Next step is adding fogging oil to spark plug holes and the carburetor.

After you’ve done that you need to refill your tank with a mixture of gas and stabilizer and then keep the engine running for about 20 minutes just to check that everything is working fine. If there are any signs of malfunction, it’s best to contact a reputable electric motor repair company.

Save battery :

The battery needs to be removed, cleaned and fully charged. You then need to store it in a dry and warm place during the winter, this means that the battery will not remain in the boat during cold periods of the year.

Lubricate :

Metal parts that incorporate moving and tearing need to be lubricated (latches and hinges). Also, steering mechanisms need to be oiled. You should also take down the propeller, check if there is any damage, apply lubricant and then return it to its intended position.

Remove unnecessary stuff :

Any item that is not considered an essential part of the boat needs to be removed for safety reasons including electronics, items made of organic fabrics, as well as anything with potential risk to safety when exposed to cold temperatures. Don’t forget to use electric tape to isolate ends of electric cables sticking out.

Final steps :

After you’ve completed previously mentioned steps it’s time to cover the boat and then store it. The best case scenario is to put it away in a garage to protect it from snow, rain or other elements. When you store it remember to raise the bow a bit so that water can flow out, and you can also use the dehumidifier if the boat is kept indoors. When you’ve finally done everything, the only thing that remains is to just check every once in a while to make sure the boat is doing ok.g

Published by Arina Smith