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Winterize a Boat: 5 Important Tips All Boat Owners Should Know

While New England weather is never predictable, many boats make their way out of the water in the fall for storage. Which leaves many boat owners in New England and beyond wondering: What’s the best way to winterize a boat?

While New England weather is never predictable, many boats make their way out of the water in the fall for storage. Which leaves many boat owners in New England and beyond wondering: What’s the best way to winterize a boat?

We all know the joy and excitement that comes with putting your boat in the water for the first time each spring when boating season comes back around. But to prepare for these blissful days when you can put your boat in the water, you need to properly store your boat for the off-season. Boat winterizing is a very important task that, if not done correctly, can cost you.

In order to prepare your vessel for the colder winter months, be sure to keep the following points in mind when going through the steps to winterize your boat.

Step One of Winterize Boat DIY: Put Your Boat Away Clean

As any boating expert will tell you, how you start the winterize boat DIY process will affect how you finish. To ensure a water-ready boat come the next boating season, start your winterization by giving your boat a full, top to bottom, every-nook-and-cranny cleaning. Wash down the exterior and powerwash the bottom. Wipe down all surfaces and clean the head. Remove the cushions and once both the cushions and their covers have been cleaned, store them in a dry place to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.

Finally, put moisture absorbing products below deck to ensure a clean, dry boat upon its return to the water.

Next Step of the Winterize Boat Process: Remove Food and Beverages

Empty out any coolers or fridges on board and make sure the insides are clean and without residue. The last thing that boat owners want is to return to their boat in the spring and find a forgotten piece of fruit or a carbonated beverage that may have exploded during the cold winter months. 

An Important Part of Boat Winterizing: Checking Your Systems

Are your boat engine and all of your other systems in proper, working conditions?

Don’t be tempted to leave something small that can be fixed in the spring. Take the time now (before you start storing your boat) to ensure that all systems are working properly and ready to hibernate until the warmer weather of the new boating season returns. 

Winterize Your Boat Fully

The most important areas to focus on winterizing are the boat engine, fuel and freshwater systems. If you don’t properly winterize your boat and boat engine, it can lead to a very costly spring.

To start, make sure all water has been drained from the block. It’s always good to liberally apply an anti-corrosion agent and then top off your fuel tank to prevent a build-up of condensation before you treat it with some good fuel stabilizers. Drain and flush the freshwater system and run antifreeze through it to make sure it’s ready for those colder winter months.  

Double-Check That You’ve Done the Full Winterize Boat Process

Remember, freezing water and extreme temperatures pose the biggest threat to a boat during the off-season, so keeping water and moisture out is very important. When in doubt, double-check.

By following these key points, your boat should be prepared for a safe and easy winter season.

Don’t be afraid to check your owner’s manual and confer with First and foremost, your yacht broker is there as a boating expert that you can trust who is knowledgeable about how to winterize a boat. Use them!

Looking for a new broker? Or never worked with a broker before, but know it’s time? Reach out to our team at Islandside Yacht Sales today! We look forward to doing business with you!