Is the boating season over? Pull out your checklist for wintering a boat

The end of the boating season is a good time to meet any boat maintenance needs. It’s also time to respond to the wintering boat checklist that you have.

You don’t have a checklist for wintering a boat? Well, you might not need one if you are taking your boat to a service store. Boat dealers, ship service providers, and some car dealerships do this job, especially for engines. If you are unfamiliar with mechanical things or don’t have time to take care of home improvement boats, this is the trail for you.

Hibernate or not?

Expert advice from industry sources is that if your boat is not going to be used in winter for a month or more, it must be winterized to avoid freezing problems. This is true if you live where the winters are cold for extended periods of time and store your boat outside, but perhaps not in milder climates.

If you live in warm latitudes, if you expect to use your boat regularly during the winter (like a day that’s warmer than usual), and if you have a newer model engine, you may want to do general maintenance such as: B. 100 -hour maintenance instead of wintering. That way, when the time is right, your boat will be ready to get out on the water.

When to do it

Winterize your boat engine as soon as possible after the season is over and before the weather turns bad. Have regular waits early in winter so you can go boating on your schedule. An outbreak of mild weather inevitably brings many boaters to service shops in late winter or early spring, and the line builds up to get the job done. So plan to overcome the onslaught.

On the other hand, if you are handy and know how to winterize a boat, you can do the job yourself, saving you money and probably time.

A winterized checklist

For some boaters, wintering is all about the engine and fuel system. For others, wintering also involves some issues related to components of the boat, such as: B. Plumbing systems and all components that can hold water.

Space considerations do not allow a full explanation of how to winterize a boat and engine and what to do step by step. Here is a list made up of information compiled by Discover Boating:

  • Drain and flush the engine
  • Apply the motor corrosion protection according to the instructions in your owner’s manual
  • Defog the motor according to the instructions in your owner’s manual
  • Fill the gas tank with fuel stabilizer and then let the engine run for a while
  • Replace the engine fuel filter and fuel / water separator
  • Drain all plumbing and add antifreeze to the systems
  • Drain, vacuum, mop up, or otherwise remove water from habitats, bait wells, bilges, etc.
  • Remove the drain plug from the mirror
  • Put a cover on the boat

When storing outdoors with or without a cover, make sure the bow is higher than the stern to allow water entering the boat (rain and melting snow are common culprits) to drain the transom.


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