Preparing Your Boat For Winter Storage

Posted on: 17 August 2016

If you have purchased a boat to use during warm weather, you will most likely want to find a place to store it during the winter. Many people will bring their boat to a storage facility, as it offers an enclosed area where the boat is not at risk for theft during the off-season. Before you place your boat into a storage unit, it is important to take the necessary steps in prepping it for its stay. Here are some tips you can use to make sure your boat remains in the best of shape during the time you are unable to use it.

Clean The Boat In It Its Entirety

After you finish taking your boat out for the season, it is important that you take the time to clean all components to ensure mold or rust does not accumulate while the vehicle is in storage. Cleaning your boat will also remove any debris that could cause odor when stored for a long time. Wipe down the entire body with a mild detergent mixed with water and make sure it is dried thoroughly so moisture does not accumulate within your storage unit. Raising the bow of the boat will allow moisture to drip from the boat quicker. Add a rust-inhibiting agent on any exposed metal portions on your boat. Consider sprinkling baking powder to the exposed interior portions of the boat to help ward off moisture and odor.

Prep The Mechanical Portions For The Following Season

It is a good idea to fill the gas tank of your boat before you place it in storage. Add a gas stabilizer afterward to help keep the condensation from getting into the tank during storage. Consider changing the oil and filter and checking hoses and belts for wear and replace if necessary. Drain all other fluids other than the gas and oil and fill tanks with antifreeze to protect them from cracking.

Remove Features To Store Separately And Cover Your Boat

It is best to remove the battery before you place the boat in your unit. The battery can be kept in a dry location at your home to charge throughout the winter. Lubricate the terminals after removing the battery. Remove any cloth seat coverings and store them in a separate sealed enclosure to keep them free of molding during storage. Purchase a cover for your boat to help keep out debris and dust. A cover will also help keep pests from getting into your boat should they happen to get into your unit.

Check with a facility like Riverside Marina to learn about their storage options and other tips for preparing your boat for winter storage.

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