How to Get Your Boat Ready for the Winter

 

You’ve enjoyed using your boat all summer but, with winter lurking around the corner, now is the time to make sure you are ready for colder weather. Taking a few precautionary steps now will ensure you can get back on the water as soon as things warm up in the spring. Plus, it will give you a good project to work on in the coming months. So, what do you need to do to make sure everything is in top shape? 

Complete Needed Repairs

This is a great place to start. If you have been putting off a repair because it requires pulling the boat out of the water, now is the perfect time to start planning for it. You’ll have time to shop for discount boat parts so you don’t spend more than you have to, either. Once you remove the boat from the water for the winter, go ahead and make the repairs before you start the winterizing process. 

Perform Winterization  

The upcoming cold weather can cause problems with freezing, water expansion and condensation buildup. Those can be minimized by performing a few winterization processes each year. 

  • Drain all of the water systems and flush them with antifreeze to prevent problems.  
  • Top off the fuel tanks and add a stabilizer to prevent any breakdown
  • Fogging oil should be used on air intakes, spark plugs and external parts of the engine to minimize rust and corrosion  

Maintain the Batteries

Batteries can drain quickly during use, but the engine keeps them charged and ready to go. Unfortunately, they can also experience a drain when just sitting. Move any batteries to a secure, warm location and monitor the charge on them. If it falls below about 75%, top them off with an appropriate marine charger. 

The offseason isn’t just for routine maintenance and repairs. Once you have winterized and completed repairs, go ahead and get a few upgrades you’ve been eyeing done, too. That way you’ll be ready and raring to go once spring rolls around.