A Boat Winterization Check List

As the boat season comes to an end it is important to start preparing your boat for the harsh elements of winter. The more effort that you put into the preparation in the beginning- the less time and money you will spend in repair once spring comes. It is best to consult and expert in boat winterization to do the preparation for your watercraft to ensure that everything has been done properly so that your efforts don’t go to waste.

Here are 7 steps of boat winterization that you should do to best protect your boat during the winter months:

  1. Disconnect the Battery It is important to disconnect the battery so that it doesn’t drain over the inactive winter months. You should also charge it once in a while to ensure it is in good, running condition when you are ready to use it again.
  2. Fogging the Motor and Oiling the CylindersSpraying with fogging oil will keep all of the moving parts protected during the cold weather.
  3. Stabilize GasStabilizing the gas will insure that condensation doesn’t build up and freeze causing corrosion damage over the winter months. It will leave your boat ready to use when the weather warms up.
  4. Refresh the Coolant System By replacing the antifreeze in the motor, to your boats specifications, you will protect the engine from freezing or corroding.
  5. Check the Lower UnitDraining out the oil in the lower unit will prevent any freezing or cracking.
  6. Pull out Drain PlugsDrain plugs must be out for the winter to prevent freeze damage.

Captain Rod’s Boat Lift and Pier Services is here to help you keep your watercrafts in their prime for as long as possible. If you have any questions or if you would like a quote for your boat winterization call Captain Rod’s Boat Lift and Pier Services today!

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