The end of summer marks the close of boating season, so as the days shorten and the nights turn colder, owners of boating vessels take this grace period before the chill fully sets in to prepare their vessels for a long winter. Aside from just simply storing away their boats, there is more that needs to be administered in order to ensure the functionality of a boating vessel for future seasons. Doing less could leave your boat vulnerable to damage and costly repair work.
Owners who are seasoned in winterizing boats will often make a checklist of the things that need to be properly cared for throughout the season. Here we provide a basic outline of the items that you need to check while winterizing your vessel.
To prep your inboard engine, you’ll want to run it until it’s warmed up and then change the oil and oil filter. It’s important to do this while the engine is still warm so as to remove any impurities that might have accumulated. Afterward, you then flush water through the engine and pump antifreeze through the manifold. The last step is to change the transmission fluid before removing the spark plugs, and then wipe down the engine with a towel and WD-40.
Fresh Water System
The fresh water system is an important step that you can’t miss when winterizing your boat. When draining, you have to first drain the hot water heater and the fresh water tank. Once you’ve done this, you can disconnect the in and out lines of the hot water heater before reconnecting them again. You then have to pump antifreeze through the system and eventually rise off the antifreeze by turning on all faucets in the boat. The last step is to add non-toxic antifreeze to the water heater.
Prepping The Interior
It is very easy for mold or mildew to set in an idle boat, so cleaning and preparing the interior portion is extremely important. Be sure to clean out all compartments, and remove any valuables, electronics, and personal items. It is highly recommended that you bring any cushions back home with you, but some people turn them on an edge so as to let air circulate around them. Be sure to clean out your freezer and refrigerator before you leave. Lastly, install a dehumidifier or use moisture absorbing products to keep mildew at bay. For more information on winterizing your boat or acquiring marine parts, consult the experts at NSN Sourcing.
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