If you work with a professional boatyard like Tidewater for your winter boat storage needs, you don’t have to worry about many of the details associated with winterizing and storage. However, you may be storing your boat yourself or just want to know what goes into proper boat storage. Knowing what good winter boat storage looks like is can help you be a better boat owner down the line. Read on to find out what quality winter boat storage looks like.
1. Draining the Boat
The first step is to remove the boat from the water. At this point, the bilge, water tanks, seacocks, and pipes must all be drained. In some instances, it may be necessary to raise the bow to accelerate drainage. Once you have drained the water from the systems, it’s important to run non-toxic antifreeze through to purge any of the remaining water, preventing possible major damage later on down the line.
2. Cleaning the Boat
Now, it’s important to take the time to scrub the boat with soap and water, from your hull to the interior. On your hull, make sure you’re getting rid of any plant life or barnacles that may be stuck to the sides of your vessel. This is also a great time to clean any drawers or refrigerators you have onboard as well. You want to leave enough time in this process to let everything adequately dry out.
3. Winterizing the Engine
The first step in winterizing an inboard engine is to fill the tank with fuel and adding a stabilizer. This step helps prevent air from getting into the tank, which could result in condensation due to the cold weather. Next, you want to run non-toxic antifreeze through your engine block and sterndrive. You also want to fog a gasoline engine per the manufacturer’s instructions. Finally, do a finishing inspection and check to see if your engine has any indicators of corrosion or any other major issues.
4. Removing and Charging the Battery
The battery must also be removed and completely charged. Time should be taken to clean the battery terminals as well as the battery cable ends. The battery ought to be stored somewhere warm and dry during the season and periodically during the offseason, the battery should be topped up on charge.
5. Covering and Storing the Boat
Your boat should be covered with the most brutal weather conditions in mind, just in case. The canvas and covers you use in the summer are not designed to take the weight of snow over the winter. That’s why it’s advisable to use shrink wrap or a custom canvas winter cover. You also want to regularly remove snow buildup from around your boat. If storing your boat on your own, using a dehumidifier is a great option. Typical dehumidifiers work indoors like in a garage, but if your boat is kept outdoors, try a chemical dehumidifier. We also recommend using mildew prevention products such as Kanberra Gel.
Reach Out to Tidewater Today!
If you’re in the greater Baltimore area and are in need of boat services, contact Tidewater Yacht Service at 410-625-4992 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our location is at 321 East Cromwell Street Baltimore, MD 21230. Get in touch with us today! Whether you need hauling, systems repaired, or storage, we have the experience and expertise to help. We’ve been providing our services to the Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and know how to properly handle your vessel with care.