12 Tips for Winterising Your Boat

Posted on Thursday 1st December 2016 11:00 by kylechandlers

It has become part of our morning routine now to scrape the car windscreen, put screen wash in the washer fluid and sit for 10 minutes in a freezing car waiting for the windscreen to clear. Winter is definitely upon us and now is the time to now only winterise your cars but also your boats, should you be lucky enough to have one.

At Kyle Chandlers, we are always on hard to give advice on winterising your boat, however, we have created this handy list of things to consider.
 

12 Tips for Winterising Your Boat

1. The first tip we can offer is, use it! If you can, use your boat once a week to heat it up and help keep the mechanisms in the engine working.
 
2. If you can’t use your boat, then a good place to start is to empty it. Empty all linen, bedding, cushions, everything. If it doesn’t need to be left in the boat then take it out and keep it in warm storage. This prevents damp and moulds from settling in below deck.
 
3. Clean everything! Use a camera and bright torch to look in behind things to make sure you find any spillages or leaks.
 
4. Change the oil, filters and coolants. Once this is done, dry the bilges to prevent corrosion.
 
5. Use a fuel treatment on any fuel left in your tank to kill any pre-existing diesel bugs. Once you’ve done this, fill the tank to help prevent condensation.
 
6. Check the gearbox or outdrive oil and change it if it appears milky or cloudy.
 
7. Empty the cooling system and refill with a strong antifreeze solution to prevent it freezing over the winter months.
 
8. Remove the air intake filter and stuff it with an oily rag to prevent rusting.
 
9. Keep batteries warm and dry over the winter if you can. If you aren't able to then make sure they are fully charged and disconnect them. Fully charged batteries are less likely to freeze.
 
10. Relax or remove all belts and protect the drive wheels.
 
11. Keep your boat angled up so that any rain water can slide off, instead of settling and freezing.
 
12. Ensure any covers for your electronics are tight fitting in order to keep them as safe as possible.
 
Although this is not everything you need to do when winterising your boat, it is definitely 12 things that should be considered first.