It is a sad day when you have to store your boat for the winter. However, as the weather starts to cool down and you start putting away your summer gear, it’s time to think about storing that boat of yours. However, the good news is that storing a boat long-term doesn’t have to be complicated.
If you’re not sure how to get started, here are two important tips for how to store a boat long-term so that it is ready for next season.
The first step is to give your boat a good cleaning before storage. This will help reduce any mold or mildew buildup during the off-season.
Spray the entire boat down with water to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated over the summer.
Next, use a strong detergent and sponge or cloth to scrub all areas of your boat. Clean off any stains as well, before you rinse it clean. Finally, allow your boat to dry completely before storage.
If there are stubborn spots that won’t come up during the cleaning, make sure to try using a mild cleaner to loosen most tough stains without damaging paint jobs.
Engine-wise, make sure to change the oil and filter. It’s a good idea to have your fuel tank filled with fresh gasoline before storage as well.
Another important step is checking all belts for wear or damage. If you find any issues, replace them now to be ready for next season when using resumes (especially if you live in an area where temperatures drop below freezing).
Finally, check the plugs on your spark plugs to ensure they aren’t corroded with saltwater and clean off any dirt or debris buildup near each plug lead connection point before storage.