Basics of Boat Winterization

Winterize your watercraft

As the seasons change, cold weather can affect your boat’s condition and operation. Boat winterization helps protect your boat’s engine and mechanical systems from the effects of inclement weather and temperature changes. While some winterization tasks are easy to do yourself, you might want to consider professional boat winterization. D & R Boat World’s service ensures optimal protection from harsh wind, freezing rain, snow, ice, and extreme temperature changes.

Importance Of Boat Winterization

When you live in a state with four distinct seasons, boat winterization is a must. Pulling your boat from the water, blocking it, and preparing all of its systems to handle freezing temperatures protects your investment. If done properly it will save you from unexpected damage and costly repairs when boating season starts anew.

Winter Boat Storage

There are a few different aspects to boat winterization, and a professional can help make sure every part of your boat is properly treated and secured for winter weather. One of the first steps in preparing your boat for winter is to pull it from the water. While boats in mild climates might be able to handle winter temperatures as long as they remain covered while in the water, boats in water that experiences a hard freeze can incur serious damage. You need to either dry dock or wet dock your boat to keep it safe from freezing temperatures and intense seasonal storms. If you decide to keep your boat in the water during the colder months of the year, you need to store it in a way that prevents ice from building up around the hull. An in water bubbler does the trick.

Winterizing Your Boat

Engine winterization is another important aspect of keeping your boat safe through the colder months. Whether you have a gasoline inboard engine, a marine diesel boat, or a boat with an outboard motor, you need to protect your engine from corrosion during the winter. While the specific steps you need to take depend on the type of engine your boat has, there are some basic engine tasks that all boats need during pre-winter preparation. These include:

  • Changing the oil to minimize acid buildup that can damage the engine
  • Fogging the engine to reduce the risk of corrosion
  • Topping off and stabilizing the fuel to prevent condensation buildup
  • Add antifreeze to the engine block to prevent freezing that could cause cracks

Once your engine is properly winterized, you should tackle other systems in your boat that may be vulnerable to cold weather. Air conditioning units, sanitation systems, and portable water systems can all be vulnerable to freezing temperatures and winter storms. Batteries should be set on a trickle-charge during the off-season. Proper ventilation and humidity controls are also part of standard boat winterization.

Before you finish putting your boat away for the winter, make sure you do a thorough cleaning of all surfaces. Removing grime and spills at the start of winter means you won’t start the next boating season with a big mess to clean up. Do a once-over to check for leftover liquids, such as cans of soda or cleaning fluid bottles, to avoid exploded messes after a season of freeze-thaw cycles.

Contact Us

At D & R Boat World, we pride ourselves in helping you make the most of your boat. We offer full winterization services to protect your watercraft during the off-season. Give us a call at 732-968-2600 or contact us through our online form to find out more about the winterization process.