Winterize Your Boat to Save Time Next Spring
As the leaves change and the weather gets cooler, you know − as much as you may dread it − it's time to put your boat away for the winter. However, if you don't prepare your boat now, you could end up doing a lot of extra work to get back on the water in the spring.
Check out our list against your owner's manual to make sure you have everything covered:
Flush your engine with fresh water.
Change the oil in your engine and transmission, and replace the oil
Empty your fuel lines. If you wait until spring, old gasoline in your
engine could cause all sorts of problems. Adding stabilizer may help,
Run fogging oil through the engine to help protect the internal
surfaces of the carburetor and cylinders.
Touch up any dents, scratches and other damage on the outside of your
boat to help minimize rust and keep your boat looking its
Clean the interior and check to make sure that you've removed your
valuables. Don’t forget to take your:
- Fire extinguishers
Cover your boat to store it somewhere through the cold months.
- Talk to your insurance agent to make sure you have your boat correctly covered.
It make take a little extra effort to winterize your boat now, but you'll get her back on the water that much quicker next spring.