Here in California, our version of the “cold season” would make the rest of the country laugh.
But neglecting its effect on your watercraft is no laughing matter.
Especially with the financial output already invested, assuring your boat will be ready for Spring is key!
As an owner, we want you to have a handy checklist for covering your bases.
So without further adieu, let’s get into it…
How To Winterize Your Boat
Perhaps you’re storing your boat over the entirety of the winter, or maybe it’s still out on the water. Special attention should be paid to the internal workings of your prized possession either way!
In order to winterize your boat, we’ll shine the spotlight on:
- Plumbing system
- Fuel system
- Other systems that may hold water
Fully drain any freshwater plumbing systems such as sinks and heads. Once that’s done, run non-toxic antifreeze through.
Does your boat have a hot water heater? If so, make sure you run the hot and cold faucets to guarantee antifreeze doesn’t settle in there.
As each manufacturer has different methods for the outboard engine, stern drive, and inboard engine, we recommend reviewing your owner’s manual for the proper process.
But we found a great guide for the general steps that’s worth reviewing!
3 steps will take care of the fuel system:
- Fill your fuel tanks with a high-quality fuel-stabilizing additive
- Run the engine long enough for treated fuel to course through
- Replace all fuel filters and fuel/water separators
Maybe this is your first time tackling this task. If so, it’s worth recruiting a knowledgeable friend or neighbor. A professional can definitely help you out as well, for a price of course.
When Do You Need To Winterize Your Boat?
Once the days start shortening and temperatures dip, many boat owners sigh as the reality hits. And that reality?
Adventures on the open water are coming to a close…at least until next year.
It’s not a bad idea to start the process as Fall winds down, say a couple weeks before. This will give you plenty of time to pull out your handy checklist, pick up any necessary products, and enjoy the end of the season.
What Happens if You Don’t Winterize Your Boat?
Winterizing your boat can appear more applicable to colder climates like Minnesota. But did you know warmer states like Texas top Geico’s list of freeze-damage claims?
And with the continual shifting of weather patterns, a la record cold in Los Angeles back in 2018, it’s better to be “safe than sorry.”
Damage from freezing isn’t as common in The Golden State, but the biggest threat to your craft is still…water. This comes in the form of corrosion and growth of mildew.
So your energy should go to keeping water and moisture out!
Not doing so can lead to:
- Split hoses
- Cracked engine blocks
- Damaged fiberglass
- Broken refrigeration systems
Repairs on any one of these is very expensive, and puts your boat out of service for a lengthy period of time. Our guess is neither of these is something you want.
For some more advice on watercraft maintenance, read our helpful blog.
Okay, we’ve offered tips on the winterizing process, and relayed why you should do it. Now it’s time for your final takeaway.
Winterize Your Boat and RVInsurances.com
Don’t let your guard down simply because you enjoy one of the most temperate climates in the United States. Making a point to winterize your watercraft at the conclusion of each season can extend its life.
And doing so extends the amount of joy you’re sure to get out of it! After all, it can’t be a “pleasure craft” if it’s laid up at the repair shop right?
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