In order to maintain the condition of your boat through the winter months, it is necessary to take certain precautions. Once the fall leaves start showing color, it is time to start winterizing your boat. Winterizing your boat can increase its lifespan and value dramatically, and the efforts show when spring comes around!
Boat Winterizing Checklist
- Check coolant for the proper antifreeze.
- Use only marine-approved heating devices. Not all UL-approved devices are for use in marine environments.
- Upgrade or add extra dock lines and provide chafing protection.
- Make sure there are adequate fenders of proper size, type and number to protect your boat.
- Secure winter covers, ensuring a good fit.
- Top off fuel tanks.
- Close all through-hulls, with the exception of the cockpit drains. Place a reminder note at the helm to open the through-hull before starting the engines.
- Insert an exhaust plug to prevent damage to exhaust line from vermin.
- Check all hose clamps to make sure they are tight and all through-hulls are double clamped.
- Do a final cleaning and pump out the holding tank.
- Check bilge pumps for working float switches and remove any debris from the bilge that could interfere or clog the pumps.
- Are the batteries filled and charged?
- Are the batteries switched off?
- If you have propane, make sure the valve is closed at the tank.
- Leave locker doors open to promote good ventilation of interior spaces.
- If you leave your boat with shore power, clean any corrosion from the power cord plugs and make sure it is firmly attached and secured.
Lastly, you may as well save money while your boat is wintering. Start saving today by getting a get a boat insurance quote from PLC Insurance.
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