Let’s be honest. Winterizing your boat is not fun, and it’s sad to say goodbye to your vessel for a few months. It means that the summer season is coming to an end and is taking your excitement on the waters with it. The only worse thing is heading into the next spring and discovering that your boat winterizing efforts were not properly done and your excitement on the water would continue its pause until your boat is fixed. In case you have not started the process by now you should set out and winterize your yacht for the forthcoming winter season. Time ticks quickly with Mother Nature. Protect your investment by winterizing your boat.

The process of boat winterization is not just paying your moorage bills and taking some items with you. Particularly with the harshness of most winter seasons, action must be taken while winterizing boats to make sure they are fit for early spring usage. This brief guide will offer you a decent start on the major approaches to protecting your engine and maintaining a good boat condition throughout the winter.

Squeaky Clean

First, wash the deck and every closed compartment of your boat. Use the proper cleaning agents for each varying surface, and thoroughly get into the grim and grout that is in knooks and crannies. Remove fishing equipment, temperature sensitive bait, or personal effects that need a nice environment year around and put them in storage. Leave the freshly cleaned outer chambers and cabins open to freshen, at least until you complete the winterizing procedure. The air dries out the cleaned chambers
and prevents mildew.

Boat Engine Winterization

A great portion of boat winterization process is engine preparation. Pull your yacht out for a last spin and take note of the noises it produces, listening to any indiscretions in the way the engine is operating. When you go back to the dock, scrub the engine of any byproducts and oil stains. Such corrosive agents can slowly erode your engine, and if specific care is not undertaken, the corrosion would be crippling over a lengthy winter.

Next, change the oil of your boat engine. Clean or replace the filter while you are in there, and operate the boat for around 10 minutes to get that fresh oil supply moving
through the mechanisms. Finally, complete engine preparation by spraying the boat engine with a layer of fogging grease to protect the sparkling clean system from the frost of winter.

Winterizing Fuel

Another important part of boat winterization is maintaining the fuel reservoir. There are two schools of thought about how to handle the fuel inside the tank. The first method is to fully drain the fuel tank. However, this is sometimes difficult to fully drain.

The second way is far easier. Drain the tank as much as probable, and fill it completely full with clean fuel. After which, treat the fuel inside the tank with biocide or stabilizer and operate the engine for around 10 minutes. This mixes the cleaner into the fuel to create stabilized fuel to last throughout the winter.

That’s a Wrap

Finally, close up every compartment and remove each of your personal items after one last check. Pull your craft above the boat glide, and presto; you have effectively winterized your boat. For extra measure, some boat owners like to plastic wrap or tarp their boat for extra protection against the elements or stagnation. Based on
RV storage and moorage rules, you might be capable of storing your boat at the dock over winter. Either way, it is advisable to remove your boat from water for the months of winter season.