04 Nov How To: Winterize Your Boat
Follow these steps when storing your boat.
As the cold fall temperatures set in and winter gets closer and closer, you may be longing looking at your boat remembering the warmer days. Luckily, taking the right steps to get your boat ready for fall and winter can help to ensure that your boat is ready the day that the weather starts to warm back up. Take these steps when getting your boat ready for the cold seasons.
- If you can, take your boat for one more ride on the water and make note of anything that sounds or runs a little off. If you can’t head out on the water, start your boat up on land and look for the same issues. Making any necessary repairs while your boat in one land will help to ensure that you are ready to go next season and that you don’t miss out on any lake days.
- Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your boat. While cleaning the hull, look for any cracks that need to be repaired. Put the upholstery up on its side to allow air to flow over and under, preventing any mold growth.
- Completely fill up your gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer. A half empty gas tank will allow for condensation which can rust your gas tank. Check all the belts, hoses, and clamps throughout the engine to look for any damaged parts. Replace any worn or damaged parts to keep your boat running its best.
- Take out the battery as well as any electronics, such as the marine radio, and store it all in a cool, dry place. If you have to keep your battery in your boat, use a trickle charger to keep it charged just enough when your boat isn’t running.
Most importantly, take a look at your boat insurance policy to ensure that you have the right amount of protection for your boat while it is in storage. Contact North Central Insurance Elk River, Minnesota for all of your boat insurance needs.