Your boat needs to be winterized and stored away from the harsh Canada winter conditions – but how do you ensure proper storage? In this blog, we will talk about the best practices of winterizing your boat to make sure it starts up flawlessly when the lake opens up and Summer time arrives.

After a long season of being on the lake with your family and friends, the time has come to prepare your boat for winter storage. The many hours on your favorite lake provided countless hours of fun and good times, but in order to repeat these activities next Summer it all depends on how you winterize your boat.

This process of getting your boat ready for storage can be time consuming, but putting in the work on the front end will allow you to get your boat into the water much quicker once the water warms up.

Check the Parts of Your Watercraft

To begin, write down a list of everything that needs to be looked at on your watercraft. If you neglect this first, seemingly unnecessary step, you could skip an important detail in preparing your boat for winterization.

Clean Your Boat

Next, the actual cleaning and prep work begins. As mentioned previously, your boat has spent countless hours in lakes filled with sediment, creatures, vegetation and debris. It’s extremely important to wash down the outside hull of your boat to get rid of all the built-up grime from the past boating season along with scrubbing the interior surfaces of your boat. These basic cleaning tasks can prolong the life and quality of your watercraft.

Drain All Fluids

Third, make sure to check and replace all necessary fluids. Changing your oil and transmission fluid are important to remember as sediment can enter into these processes. Adding fresh oil to your boat will prevent the corrosive sediment from settling and get your boat up and running faster when Summer arrives. Flushing your cooling system with warm, clean water will also help to rid any build up of damaging sediment from the system. Also, be sure to top off your fuel and add a fuel stabilizer to prevent condensation buildup inside the gas tank. The stabilizer will also help prevent the clogging of fluid in hoses and outlets.

Lubricate Your Propeller

The next important task to complete is to assess your propeller. Being the main transportation equipment, encountering a faulty propeller in the Summer will surely delay your first boat ride. Inspect your seals and bearings to ensure their quality, and then lubricate the propeller with a marine-grade water repellent grease to keep the mechanism from locking up over the harsh winter.

Remove The Battery From Your Boat

Properly storing the watercraft’s battery is a very important task to remember too. If forgotten, you might arrive to a completely dead battery and need to spend more money on buying a brand new one. To avoid this needless expense, remove the battery from your boat and store it inside, placing it on a battery charger periodically.

Cover Your Boat

Finally, cover your boat with a seamless boat cover. This can be professionally done, or you can place waterproof tarps over top your watercraft to protect it from snow/ice damage.

Just as you store your boat for the winter, storing your compact Roll-n-Go® Boat Ramp System is an important task. Thankfully, because of its small footprint, it’s easy to simply transport the boat ramp system out of the water and into your designated storage area.

Now that you have the top 6 tips for storing and winterizing your watercraft and shore docking system, it’s time to get outside and do it. Create a list, mark off the completed tasks, and start dreaming about Summer 2020. We’ll see you on the water!