Winterization of boats, the essential steps
After a nice sailing season, it is now time to think about winterizing your boats and yachts, before winter, in order to avoid the risks of freezing, mold and premature aging of the boat. Winterization will keep your boat in good condition and will facilitate the return to service in spring.
Boats that spend the winter afloat need to be monitored regularly, especially during poor weather forecasts.
While some of the work can be done by yourself, it is recommended that you hire a boating professional to ensure that the work is done reliably and properly and to provide proof of maintenance.
To complete your winterization, follow these steps:
- Empty your boat completely and clean all accessories.
- Check the safety equipment (distress flares, fire extinguisher, life jackets...)
- Clean the floor, storage lockers, consoles, furniture, seats and cushions with water or specific products (preferably organic) (dry vertically and store dry)
- Disassemble the mechanical accessories and reassemble them after having taken care to clean and grease them.
- Empty the fresh water tank and leave the cap open to allow air to circulate.
- Coat your stainless steel with a protective layer.
- Check the mooring lines and fenders to protect your boat from wind gusts.
- Install a dehumidifier in the cabin(s).
- Remove all batteries from the equipment to reduce the risk of acid leakage.
- Place a protective tarp to let air through for better ventilation of the boat.
Once you've done all these winterization tasks, it's time to think about the engine, which is a major component of your boat.
To ensure the performance of inboard, outboard, 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines, they must be winterized to ensure proper operation during your sea trips.
Winterizing an engine is a delicate operation depending on the type of engine and requires a minimum of mechanical knowledge and practice.
Aquila Yachting offers you the "Armonia" service, a personalized service including the annual maintenance of your boat.
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