Sadly, summer is coming to an end. Long gone are the days of nightly bonfires and tanning at the beach. Now, we must all begin to prepare ourselves for the harsh realities of winter. Before you know it, we’ll be wearing puffy coats and dragging through the snow. Before this happens, it’s crucial to make sure you’re prepared. For example, follow these tips for storing your boat over the winter so Mother Nature doesn’t ruin the vessel.
Empty the Bilge
Every boat owner should know what a bilge is. Yet, for those who don’t, a bilge is the lowest part of the boat, between the floorboards and the engine. The piece is designed to collect excess water. While the part is necessary and functional, it can be dangerous if the water isn’t released from it. Mold can build up, rust can build up in the bilge, and there may even be excess humidity in the vessel. For these reasons, you should know how to quickly remove water from the bilge before you put your boat away for the winter.
Turn Off All the Electricity
Now, this is one of the most important tips for storing your boat over the winter. Why? If you leave anything electric on, a fire can spark without your even knowing. For this reason, you should start by removing the battery so that it doesn’t die over the winter. Next, you should unplug anything that has wires, like the coolant system, so as to avoid a spark.
This last tip might seem obvious, but it’s important, nonetheless. You must cover the marine vessel before putting it away for the winter. The last thing you want is to open your storage unit next summer only to find that it has been crushed by something. Not only will the cover keep the boat safe from accidents, but it’ll also prevent dust and bugs from making their way onto your ship.
It’s hard to believe that summer has reached its end. Although there are still COVID restrictions in place, hopefully, you enjoyed this summer more than the last. That’s one of the great things about owning a boat—it’s the perfect way to social distance. Hopefully, next summer, the restrictions will be gone, and your boat will be in tip-top shape.
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