As the cold weather is upon us, it’s time to consider winterizing your boat. Depending on where you live, you might choose to store your craft during the offseason. While boat winterization certainly isn’t the most exciting chore, it’s still highly important. As you anxiously wait for nicer weather to return, you can feel confident that your vessel is safely and properly stored in the meantime. When your boat remains inactive for an extended period of time, the wear and tear process accelerates quicker than usual.
At Naples Boat Mart, we’re here to help make boat winterization easy. For more information or assistance with the process, give us a call or stop by our dealership in Naples, Florida today! We’re also proud to offer boat repair services and can help with any parts you might need.
You need to prepare your boat before you can store it. A good place to start is with a thorough cleaning, so you’ll need to wash both the exterior and interior. You should try to remove as much grime, algae, and salt as you can. It’s fairly typical for these things to accumulate over the months you spent enjoying the open water. You’ll also want to pay attention to smaller spots, like in crevices and in between seats. When you finish, allow it to dry and then move on to waxing. This final step is especially essential if you plan to store your boat outdoors.
Once your boat is squeaky clean, you’ll want to perform some maintenance prior to storage. The first thing you’ll want to do is change the oil to avoid corrosion. Change the oil filter, flush the oil out, then add fresh oil.
Your moving parts play a major role in keeping your boat running, so you should use fogging oil to keep them in good shape. Spray it into the fuel compartments, cylinders, and carburetors, which will form a residue to protect the moving parts during the offseason. Last but not least, remember to use a fuel stabilizer to protect your tank from condensation. It’s also nice that this step ensures your fuel will be ready to use when you take your boat out of storage.
When the preparation and maintenance are done, you’re ready for the final stages before storage. Remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry place. It’s best to connect it to a trickle charger to maintain the battery health. If you don’t have one, you can charge it once a month instead. Regardless of where you store your boat, you should consider investing in a breathable cover. When storing indoors, a cover will offer protection from dust and grime. When storing outdoors, make sure it’s applied nice and snug to protect from rain, and other elements.
Visit us at Naples Boat Mart if you require parts or repair services before you begin the boat winterization process. We’re located in Naples, Florida and would be happy to assist you!