With winters around the corner, boats slow down; some even get hauled and stored, depending on the severity of the weather of your location.
But keeping your boat stored during the winter is not as simple as taking it out of the water and keeping it into your backyard – it needs a lot of preparation. Both the harsh winter weather and long periods of stowage can cause a lot of wear and tear on your boat. If not kept properly, it can either cause permanent damage or require costly repairs to make it usable in the next spring.
While keeping your boat protected from rust, it is essential to take care of other boat detailing Perth such as washing and scrubbing the hull, deck, stern areas, and bow with some of the best citrus-based marine concentrates.
Prepare your boat for winters
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As already mentioned earlier, the most important thing for your boat is to be kept cleaned, waxed and if required painted.
Now that you have taken you boat out of the water, you can get a better view of it. And take better care of the other inaccessible parts such as the lower unit. Keeping a cleaned boat is better than storing a murky and moisturized boat.
To clean the hull and running gear, pressure wash them. Blast off all the components of the lower units, including the barnacles, props, rudders, and struts. Use soapy water to clean the upper portions and the deck. You can also use it to clean the lower part. Wax the deck and if required wax and paint the hull too. Blisters in hull can cause further erosion, so take proper precaution to avoid them and mend them.
Leaks can cause water seepage in critical parts of the boats. So, check for them and in case you find any mend them before winterizing your boat.
Fluids – flush, or add
While some fluids need to be flushed, the others need to be changed or added before you store the boat for a long period:
- To get rid of dirt, flush the cooling system.
- Top off your fuel tank and replace the fuel filter. Add fuel stabilizer designed explicitly for marine vehicles to reduce chances of gum build-up. And to keep the fuel system clean. After adding the stabilizer, run the engine for a few minutes to let it circulate throughout the system. Then to get rid of the sediment change the engine oil and the oil filter.
- Change transmission fluid.
- While keeping the engine on, spray fogging oil to protect the engine from rust formation.
- With an intake hose and a water pump, antifreeze the cooling system. And use different methods till the time you see the antifreeze coming out.
Dry up the entire boat
Moisture can destroy your boat, so make sure to dry up each part of it with no tinge of water. Check every corner, every locker, live wells, fish holds, and storage space to ensure that they are cleaned and dried. Clean the refrigerator and clean every furniture and rug on the boat. Place commercial moisture absorbents as this help to eradicate mold formation during the long winter.
Water can make your gear oil look milky, which in turn, denotes that there is some leakage which needs immediate attention.
Drain all the water tanks and water heaters and from the excess water, open the seacocks in the hull.
Check the battery
Unlike the other parts, you must check the battery regularly. Any month you find charge dropping below 75%, plug in the charger and let the batteries charge overnight. Once the battery is fully charged, unplug it and repeat the process next month.
The areas where freezing occurs, it’s safest to remove batteries from your boat. Store it in your home or some other warmer place. And remember to check the charge regularly; you can use a portable charger for keeping the batteries healthy.
Also remove the other valuables, electronic appliances, and fire extinguishers from the boat to protect them from theft or any damage.