How to winterize your boat
If the winter season is quickly approaching, this guide will help you prepare your watercraft for mother nature’s icy grip with a few easy steps.
You should check your boat owner’s manual for specific steps and any recommendations for winterization.
Clean the hull thoroughly. Remove grime and barnacles using a power washer. Repair any cracks to prevent ice damage. Be sure to schedule any major repairs in the fall since repair shops and marinas are often busiest in the spring.
Next remove electronics, such as a GPS or fish finder, as well as cushions and store them inside before vacuuming and cleaning the boat’s interior. Apply a mildew protector to any vinyl and purchase a moisture-absorbing product to prevent mold in moist areas.
Now you need to stabilize the fuel so fill the gas tank and add stabilizer and then idle the engine to move everything through the hoses before disconnecting the fuel line.
Protect the boat’s engine by flushing it with fresh water and applying fogging oil to the pistons and fresh grease to the propeller shaft.
Replace the engine oil and the oil filter and add antifreeze according to the owner’s manual. Remove the battery last.
Last of all, cover the boat with a waterproof canopy and use structural supports to prevent heavy snow from damaging parts. Make sure you secure it tightly with rope and tape.
The 1,100-foot long, 151,000-ton Queen Mary 2 is only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall.