There are some places in the U.S. where you never need to winterize your boat. But for most of us, autumn’s arrival means the day is near when you have to store your boat away for the long, cold winter. It might not be fun, but if you winterize your boat properly, you can ensure that your boat is ready to go as soon as spring arrives. Here are a few tips to help you do that.
Check your owner’s manual
Before working on your boat, make sure you check your owners’ manual for maintenance instructions specific to your boat and engine.
Give your engine some TLC
Check that all your belts and hoses are in good condition and don’t need to be replaced. Fill your fuel tank just short of capacity, leaving a little bit of room for the fuel to expand. Add some gasoline stabilizer, then change your oil, fill your engine block with antifreeze and remove your battery to store it in a dry place.
Inspect your propeller
Look for any wear or dented blades on your boat’s propeller, and make any necessary repairs or replacements.
Protect your plumbing
If water in your boat’s hoses and lines freezes and expands over the winter, your boat’s plumbing can get seriously damaged. To avoid this, after pumping out your head and flushing it with water, add antifreeze through the intake lines, discharge hose, macerator and y-valve. Also, drain your fresh water tanks and hot water heater and pump non-toxic antifreeze into your tanks and plumbing.
Clean your boat
Remove and wash any items such as cushions, pots and pans, and linens. Remove your fire extinguishers and check that they are still in good working order. Then scrub your boat’s interior, wiping down the cabinets, cleaning carpets and anything else that needs cleaning.
Use a cover
Always cover your boat in the winter, even if you’re storing it in a heated indoor facility. Covering your boat will help keep dirt, dust, grime and rodents from getting on or in your boat.
Contact your local Crownline dealer for all of your Winterization, Storage and Service needs.