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Preparing Your Boat for the Winter: Winterizing Tips

Posted by Steven on 11/21/2013 to Marina
Boats are a fun toy for the warmer months. The hours of entertainment come at a premium, as boats are pricey investments. Keep your investment safe during the winter months by winterizing your boat. The process is not difficult, but it is tedious. A day spent properly winterizing your boat keeps you from having to make many costly repairs come the next summer. 

The most important thing to do when winterizing is inspecting your boat. From stern to bow, from top to bottom and inside and out, check out your boat. Look for cracks and blisters on the exterior, and make sure your engine has not picked up any barnacles or seaweed. Remove any obstructions you see, repair any damage, and replace any hoses, lines or filters that are faulty. Neglecting to fix a small problem at the end of boating season sometimes results in a large problem at the beginning of the next boating season.

After your inspection and necessary repairs, turn your attention to protecting your boat's interior. Moisture sometimes lingers on the inside of boats, and this poses a real problem during the winter when your boat is covered. Dry your interior thoroughly. This includes completely draining your sinks, toilets and showers. Once the inside is totally dry, apply protectant to the vinyl or leather seats to keep the material moisturized throughout the winter. The final step in your interior protection is selecting a cover for your boat. Choose a cover that fits well and is properly ventilated to prevent mold and mildew growth. 

Rather than dreading the winterizing process each year, think of it as taking care of your investment. Enlist your boat-savvy family and friends to help with this process to make it go even faster. While winterizing is not the most exciting thing you do with your boat all year, it is one of the most essential things you do.
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