Unfortunately, summer in Raleigh, NC is coming to an end, which means it’s time to put your boat in storage for the winter. Whether you spend every free minute on the water or you only occasionally take the boat out to go fishing, you know how tedious it can be to prepare your boat for the winter. Whether you are storing your boat in a rented storage facility or your garage, here are a few tips to make sure it’s ready for winter storage.
Fill the Gas Tank
If the gas tank is empty, it will start to get moisture in it any gas that is left in the tank will turn to water, which will cause your gas tank to rust and corrode. So, make sure the gas tank is filled and you should add a fuel stabilizer before storing it for the winter. You should also change the oil before parking it in storage and if it’s being stored outdoors, be sure to remove the battery and any other electronic devices.
Do a Thorough Cleaning
There are a couple of reasons why it is essential that you thoroughly clean your boat before putting in storage. First, this will give you an opportunity to identify any issues with the boat, such as areas that need to be repaired or painted. Second, making sure the boat is clean before storing it will help to prevent the risk of mold and mildew growing. Once the boat is completely clean, be sure to apply an anti-corrosion spray to help protect the exterior. The boat should also be covered to keep dust and moisture out.
Drain Coolant & Pump the Holding Tank
Be sure to drain the coolant from the engine and replace it with a propylene glycol based antifreeze, which is non-toxic and if it is in an enclosed storage facility, you won’t need to worry about the release of toxic fumes. One of the last things you’ll need to do is make sure to pump the holding tank, making sure to flush the head several times with clean water.
The last thing you should have to do before leaving your boat for the winter is to make sure you clear the boat out. Remove the fire extinguishers, cushions, personal items and don’t forget to clean out the refrigerator and/or fish holders. Also, remember to contact Young Insurance Associates Inc to inquire about any changes in your boating insurance, such as discounts for seasonal storage.
Residents of Raleigh, NC who are interested in learning more information about boat insurance should contact Young Insurance Associates Inc.