Storing a Boat for Winter out of Water

storing your boatThe water is getting colder and the sun is setting earlier. These are both great signs that it’s time to start thinking about winter storage for your boat. Before you think about it too much, check your owner’s manual or manufacturer website to make sure you do not void your warranty.

Some companies will void your warranty on all parts if you do no go through them to winterize your boat. They have also been known to void warranties after they find out you did the storage yourself. Below may give you a lot of knowledge about things to remember when prepping your boat for storage but it isn’t everything you need to know.

If you plan on doing this yourself you may want to consult your manual to make sure the specifics of your boat are taken care of.

Clean- thoroughly clean everything. You will need to make sure every nook and cranny of your boat is really clean. Doing the cleaning before you store it will mean you will be out and about while your buddies are back at the docks cleaning out their moldy cabinets and lock boxes.

Final Run- Always take your boat out for a final run of the season. Not just to enjoy the water for the last time but also to make note of anything you may need to fix or repair over the winter. Boat repairs can be costly but if you spread it out over the course of the winter months your boat will be in tip top shape come spring.

Electronics- Make sure you pull all electronics out of the boat so you won’t have them exposed to the dampness of winter. This includes your battery which can be stored fully charged and ready to go for the next season.