Checklist: Boat Prep For Storage

September 22, 2015

When temperatures start to drop, it's time to store your boat until next summer comes around. However, there are several steps you have to take to ensure your craft is in fantastic shape once you're ready to hit the water again. Winterize your boat for storage and you shouldn't have any worries when you're ready to use it again.

  • Before you store your boat, give it a thorough, complete cleaning. Clean any trash or debris from the inside of your boat and clean the upholstery, and buff the outside, too. Once you clean the exterior, wax your boat to protect it from corrosion during storage.

  • Change the oil and flush the coolant system. Water can sometimes get in and mix with your oil. Changing the oil and starting fresh eliminates any particles that aren't supposed to be there. Prepare the coolant system with new antifreeze.

  • Let your drive belts loose. Tight drive belts could snap when stored for long periods, so loosen them or take them off completely until you're ready to head back out again.

  • Use grease to lubricate the steering wheel, driving mechanisms, and joints. You don't want them to become stiff after spending weeks or months in storage.

  • Plug up your ports. This reduces the risk of any pests coming onboard your boat.

  • Fill 'er up! Fill the gas tank up so condensation from a low gas tank doesn't corrode any of your boat's parts. Add a fuel stabilizer to eliminate buildup and keep the fuel tank clean while you store your boat.

  • Check the boat and make sure you remove anything that shouldn't be there, including life jackets, coolers, electronic devices, or fishing equipment.

  • Use fogging oil in your cylinders, and you may want to cover your electrical connections with anti-corrosion spray. Replace old spark plugs with new ones.

  • Disconnect your boat's battery. Clean the terminals thoroughly and add anti-corrosion spray to the connections.

  • Do a visual inspection of your boat. Look for any loose connections, leakage, broken seals, corrosion, or cracks. Make sure there is no standing water left on the boat especially around upholstery which could form mildew or mold.

  • Top your boat off with a boat cover.

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