Winter is obviously just around the corner and if you’re a boat owner located in a seasonal area, you are aware how quickly winter comes and how much of a chore it is to prepare your boat for the colder climate and the ins and outs of transporting your yacht. Many boaters are turning to short-term storage as a solution to preparing their boat for the winter months. Opting to store your boat during the winter months can save you money in the long run and help to protect your boat during the colder seasons. Here are some of the tips to help you prepare your boat for storage and ensure it is ready for your next yachting vacation.
Ensure your boat's gas tank is filled to the top, and put in a fuel stabilizer. An empty gas tank will start to acquire moisture and any small quantities of gas left will to turn to water; resulting in the gas tank to corrode and rust. Also, always change the oil before putting your boat into storage. Electronic safety devices and the batteries should be removed if you plan on storing your boat in an outdoor parking unit.
Fix or fix any chips or dings on the boat before you put it in storage. Repairing these issues early on will save you money down the road. If you put your boat into storage with a small problem it will likely grow into a bigger one after a few months; especially with the change of weather during the winter.
Clear out the boat or yacht prior to winter storage. Remove any sails, lines, fenders, and anchors. Remove the bunk cushions, fire extinguishers, flares, pfd’s, and carpets. Empty out all lockers and remove any loose gear from the boat. Ensure that you securely propped open all hatches, and locker doors. This will aid improve air circulation.
Mother Nature's cold climate can be unpredictable, making it a real chore to prepare your boat for the winter months. Following the tips above will help to ensure owners of yachts that their boat is safe while in storage and ready for the water when summer returns.