Owning a boat can bring you lots of entertainment and enjoyment during the summer months. However, you will want to ensure your boat is well taken care of in the winter months. It's ideal to put your boat in storage to prevent any unwanted damage from occurring to it during this time of the year. By knowing specific tips to ensure the well-being of your boat during the coldest months of the year, this can help it say in excellent shape.
Tip #1: Keep it clean
It's a great idea to give your boat a deep cleaning before place it in storage. This will prevent any dirt or debris that could result in damage to the paint on your boat.
Be sure to wash all parts of the boat including the topside, bottom, and deck. Don't forget to remove the canvas of the boat, as well. Additionally, this will allow you to have a clean boat when taking it out of storage.
Tip #2: Flush the cooling system
If your boat has a raw cooling system, you will want to use fresh water to flush out any salt, dirt or corrosion that may have built-up over time. During extreme weather conditions, you may want to use anti-freeze to help keep the cooling system working properly and avoiding any weather related damage.
Tip #3: Prepare the engine
You will want to be sure the check the oil in your boat before putting it in storage. It's also a good idea to change the oil completely before letting it sit in storage for months. This may help prevent any long-term damage to the engine.
Tip #4: Don't forget lubrication
Taking the time to lubricate all the parts of your boat that need it before putting it in storage can help in maintaining your boat.
Listed below are the components you should lubricate:
• Push-pull swings
• Ratchet mounts
• Bow rollers
• Wheel bearings
Taking the time to prepare your boat for storage will enable you to maintain the value of the boat by keeping it well protected from the weather elements. The key to being able to enjoy your boat during the summer months will depend on how well you care for it during the winter. Be sure to consult with your local storage unit manager to secure the best place to keep your boat when the weather outside is frigid.