Prepping Your Boat For Winter | Youngblood Powersports & Marine



Prepping Your Boat For Winter

As of 2020, there were approximately 11.84 million boats registered in the US. Since winter is coming and if you have a boat, it pays to prep it for winter. While this might seem like an unnecessary precaution, many people make the mistake of underestimating how harsh winter can be on boats and their components. And once they realize that the damage has already been done, it's too late to do anything about it except pay for repair bills or replace damaged equipment—neither of which are cheap options. That's why we want to help you avoid those problems by giving you some tips for prepping your boat for winter.

1. Inspect Your Boat Top To Bottom

Go through the interior of your boat and do a thorough cleaning, especially in areas that might accumulate water, like small spaces and crevices. This will help to ensure no mold forms inside your boat. If you find any, don't attempt to remove it yourself with bleach or other chemicals. Instead, contact a professional for assistance. Once it dries, seal the affected areas with a non-porous material.

Pay close attention to items that might be prone to damage from moisture or cold temperatures, such as lights and wiring—especially inside compartments. If you have any doubts about an item's safety, have a professional inspect it for you. Repair any damage before winter hits.

2. Check Your Battery

Typically, boat batteries are extremely vulnerable to cold weather, and their capacity is significantly reduced when they experience freezing temperatures. So make sure you remove any batteries from your boat as winter approaches. If possible, keep them in a space where the temperature stays well above freezing. If that's not possible and you must leave your batteries in the boat, you'll need to take some other precautions.

Make sure to keep your batteries fully charged before winter hits and monitor their voltage while you are at the dock. Never let the charge drop below recommended levels. But in case you find they have dropped below the recommended level, don't attempt to recharge them. Instead, have a professional do it for you. You can also buy special marine deep cycle batteries that are better suited for cold temperatures and less likely to freeze.

3. Lubricate Your Boat's Moving Parts

Make sure to lubricate all of your boat's moving parts, including the engine and its controls, the rudder and driveshaft, and any mechanisms that turn or slide. You should also do a general cleaning of these components, removing any corrosion built up over the summer.

Boats are highly susceptible to damage during the winter months. If you have boats for sale and want to keep your customers happy, it's even more important to take care of them in the winter months. With proper prepping and maintenance, you can make sure your boat makes it through this season in great shape. 

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