Every year, it seems as though the summer boating season only lasts as long as the blink of an eye. Now with the season done and over with, it’s time to swallow the hard truth that it’s time to get your boat ready for winter.
Winter is oftentimes a brutal season as it brings extreme cold, less daylight and, of course, no opportunity to go out on your boat. During this winter season, it is best to make sure your boat is stored properly in order to keep it protected from any water, ice or animal damage. Doing this, you will be able to avoid unnecessary repair costs and be steps ahead in having your boat ready for the next boating season.
While winterizing your boat may be a process that may take a little bit of your time, it really is an easy process when done properly. Checkout some of the best tips for storing your boat during winter.
Top Boat Storage Tips
Clean Your Boat
The first step in the boat storage process is to deep clean your boat. Because of all the summer days and evenings spent on the boat, there will definitely be signs of wear along with an amount of trash from all of the boating snacks brought onboard.
To begin, you’ll want to make sure to scrub both the interior and exterior of the boat, starting from the hull to all of the innermost parts. Work with soap and water, along with a soft cloth. You are going to be away from the boat for a while, so components like freezers, lockers, and drawers should be taken care of. Remove any object or food that can perish, and clean these components thoroughly.
When working on the exterior, it’s very important to clean off algae, seaweed and any other debris particles that might be stuck to the hull of the boat. After cleaning, ensure that the boat is completely dry before storage.
Winterize The Engine
In order to have the highest probability of having your boat start up right away when the spring boating season comes, getting the engine prepared for winter is the most important task to complete. Winterizing your boat’s engine ensures that it will be in optimum condition when it is time to use it again.
The first thing to do, is to flush the engine. Do this using freshwater, as it flushes out corrosion, dirt, salt and any other particles which became trapped inside. Next, it’s equally important to manage the boat’s oil. You can do this by taking out the old oil, and replacing it with fresh product. Once this is completed, don’t forget to run the engine in order to spot any irregularities with how it’s running.
Also, taking out the drive belts and keeping them in a warm, safe place is another precaution you can take when winterizing your boat’s engine. To finish up the engine winterizing process, make sure to fill your engine with gas. Doing this will lessen the amount of condensation build up in the fuel tank and it will also allow the engine to run smoothly after winter.
Storing Your Boat
After getting your boat’s hull, interior and engine prepared for the cold winter months ahead, it’s now time to decide on how you’ll store your boat. Deciding between storing your boat yourself and storing at a professional facility depends on several factors.
Storing boats in your driveway or on your own property is a very common self-storage option that works for many people. In order to do this, make use of a cover that is large enough to cover the boat from harsh winter conditions. Another item to note is the importance of placing it in a safe location where it won’t experience any damage. Common winter damage experiences include infestation by animals such as mice, direct contact with snow and ice, along with exposure to extreme cold temperatures.
While storing your boat yourself is cost-effective, storing at a storage facility can save you numerous stresses. This facility can protect your boat from the outside elements of snow, ice and extreme cold. It can also prevent critters from having any kind of access to your boat. Also, Many boat storage and winterization facilities can shrink wrap your boat to keep out any dust from your hull and boat interior.
Looking Ahead To Next Boating Season
Following these steps means that you can look forward to the next season with excitement as your boat will be ready to get out onto the lake. Preparing yourself for the new season, all you need to do is to get your boat out of storage, inspect it for any damage, ensure the boat engine is in proper working condition and make sure your trailer tires are inflated.
Once you are out on the water again in the springtime, you can once again relax on the calming blue body of water. Feeling satisfied as you make your way back to shore, you should remain at peace as you work to dock your boat. This year, instead of struggling with your aging or hard to manage boat lift, check out our incredible and easy to use boat shore ramps! These cost-effective ramps come in the perfect sizes for your boat, and able to work on every type of shoreline.
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