Owning a boat is a big responsibility. Not only does it require a lot of maintenance while you are using it, but also before you put it away for the winter.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is get your boat out of the water. You can either look into marine boat lifts for lifting it at the dock or pull it and get it set up on some blocks or a custom boat ramp. This is so you can check your hull for stress cracks or blisters and take the appropriate action, like applying epoxy. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean both the inside and outside of your boat after removing all possible electronics to store in a separate place.
The engine makes your boat go, so you’ll want to pay special attention to it before storing for the winter. First, flush out all the old stuff out with fresh water. Second, flush your engine block with antifreeze. Then you’ll want add fuel stabilizer– be sure to check the manual for the proper amount to add. Coat the inside of your engine and carburetor intakes with fogging oil to prevent corrosion. Lastly, disengage the battery to be stored in a dry, safe place for the winter.
Where will your boat be living throughout the winter? You are going to have to decide between dry or wet storage before the weather hits. Dry storage can be cheaper and can prevent hull blisters. However, your boat may be more susceptible to freezes, so this decision will largely rest on the climate of your area. If you do decide to go with dry storage, try to find a unit with climate control settings. Cover your boat and you are good to go.
Don’t forget any of these essentials before saying goodbye to your water chariot for the winter months. You will want to come back to it in the same condition you left it so that you don’t have to go through lengthy and expensive repairs before getting back out on the water.