Most boat owners don’t use their vessels during the winter. Cold and disuse can damage your watercraft, especially if you leave it in the water. Thankfully, boat storage will protect your investment and ensure it lasts longer. Here are the main ways to prepare your vessel for storage.

How to Get Ready for Boat Storage

1. Change & Replenish Fluids

Condensation in the gas tank during boat storage is a common problem, and the easiest way to prevent it is by filling the tank before winter. Add a fuel stabilizer to prevent solids from forming.

Next, flush the coolant system with water before filling it with antifreeze; this will help prevent burst pipes and hoses due to freezing. Any reservoir that could be contaminated with water, such as the motor oil, should be emptied and filled with fresh fluid to prevent corrosion.

2. Clean Interior & Exterior

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Dirt, crumbs, and debris can attract pests to your boat, and some materials can also trap water against the hull, which can lead to mold growth and corrosion. Dust, vacuum, and wipe down the interior, including the floors, seats, and windows. Then, use a hull cleaning product to scrub the exterior of the boat and check for any cracks, stains, or other damage that might need repairs.

3. Disconnect Boat Components

While most of the boat’s inner workings will stay the same over the winter, there are a few components that can wear out just from staying connected. Unhook the boat’s battery to prevent the power from draining slowly over the next few months. Also, remove stretched rubber components such as belts to preserve their elasticity.


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