It’s always difficult to say goodbye to our beloved boat when winter comes along. Thankfully there are some easy things we can do to make sure she runs smoothly when we launch again in the Spring. Here are a few things to consider when readying your watercraft for hibernation.
Having a secure location to store your boat for winter is the most important factor. The last thing you want is to lose your vessel vandalism or theft. It’s great if you have a secure space at home, but for those who don’t have room, want the added security, or want to avoid the premium at the local marina, storage facilities provide a great alternative.
If you’ve chosen an outdoor location to store your boat for winter, you want to make sure the vehicle is protected from the harsh winter weather using a proper boat cover. After all, the exposure to snow and ice can quickly cause tremendous damage. Avoid generic tarps, as these don’t fit snugly around a boat, and are more likely to blow off in strong winds. For best protection, you’re better off using a custom boat cover or shrink wrap to ensure a tight fit around the hull. Some storage facilities may even sell covers or offer on-site shrink wrapping services.
Once you’ve got your boat storage location and protection sorted out, there are some important steps you can take to protect it from the cold weather. While it’s always preferable to have a professional conduct the engine-related service, if you’re the DIY type, you should consider the following (always consult the vehicle manual, manufacturers’ specifications and product instructions to avoid undue injury and/or damage to your boat, and when in doubt, consult a professional).