When winter weather starts to bite, the one thing on many boat owners’ minds is ensuring that their boat is prepared for the cold. For new boaters, this can seem overwhelming, but a few simple preparations and the right supplies can prevent any long-term damage.
It’s important to thoroughly treat a boat’s fuel before the winter to prevent carburetors and fuel injectors from clogging with varnish deposits through months of disuse. This can be performed by using a fuel stabilizer such as PRI-G and then running the engine for a brief 10 minutes to prevent an expensive repair when warm weather returns.
Changing the oil in a boat is essential to preventing corrosion by eliminating moisture in the system. This moisture can create wear and tear in the system, which can lead to a reduction in fuel economy and even an engine failure down the road. An oil change costing $30 to $80 can prevent an extremely costly engine repair that could be necessary without the right precautions.
Fog Engine Cylinders
It’s important to ensure that engines are prepared for months of disuse, and aerosol fogging can prevent unnecessary damage. There are many fogging-solution lubricants on the market that can be spread directly into the air intake. This can prevent corrosion that will affect the cylinders, pistons, and rings.
Park or Cover It
Just like having the right boating apparel is necessary for colder months, it’s important for boats to be properly defended against the elements, as well. One of the most basic ways to prevent winter damage is to ensure it is parked in the right location. This means finding a place that is out of the water, under a cover, and preferably in a boat storage area that is climate controlled. Because this is expensive, there are other affordable options. Many find that shrink-wrapping a boat is a more affordable solution, while others simply cover their boats with a sturdy tarp.
Secure the Interior
Once all of the operational parts of the boat are winterized, it’s also important to prepare the interior of a boat for the down months. All valuables and electronics should be removed, with all drawers and storage spaces thoroughly cleaned. It is also helpful to clean refrigerators and freezers, as well as turn cushions up on edge so that air can circulate around them. Many find success by installing a dehumidifier for the winter months to prevent mildew from forming over the winter.
To prevent winter damage, it’s vital to make sure boats are properly prepared for cold months. To get started and acquire the right supplies, visit Standard Marine Outfitters today or call us at (508) 990-7917.