With the passing of Labor Day, for many of us – especially those who live in the cooler climates up north – the long summer days spent out on the water are officially behind us. As we head into the colder months of the year, it’s time to get the ol’ pride and joy ready for the off-season.
Winterizing your boat is never a fun task and can sometimes be painstaking and time-consuming. Luckily for Sea Tow members, our captains have a few tricks up their sleeves that will help make your process a little easier this go-around. Want to learn how? Check out a few DIY hacks below:
- Start the process right away – The best time to start the winterization process is as soon as you pull your boat out of the water. A full tank of gas prevents condensation and water from accumulating in your tank. So, on your way home (or to wherever you keep your boat during the winter) stop and fill up with fresh fuel and be sure to add the proper amount of fuel stabilizer. Then, as your boat makes the ride to its winter home, the bumps and vibrations of the drive home will help mix everything together so that your fuel tank is ready for winter!
- Time for routine maintenance – Did you know the best time to perform an oil change is while the motor is still warm? By changing the oil soon after the engine has been shut off, old oil is more likely to be fully flushed out and the new oil will get a chance to thoroughly coat the moving parts within your engine. While two-stroke engines won’t need an oil change, be sure to add a bit of that fuel stabilizer we mentioned earlier to your gas can! Also, while your boat is up and out of the water, this is the perfect opportunity to swap in some new filters and perform any other routine maintenance that might be on your list!
- Say goodbye to mold and mildew – One of the biggest dangers facing your boat during the winter is mold and mildew. To prevent this, a custom cover made specifically for your boat is a good place to start, but even then, moisture may still seep through. Whether you cover your boat with a custom cover, wrap it for the season or cover it in a tarp, try keeping a small fan running underneath your cover – the airflow will stop mold and mildew from forming. Don’t have anything to power the fan? Try a pail of silica gel to soak up whatever moisture might get inside. Also, be sure to remove any life jackets you might keep on board – they can be a magnet for mold!
- Take advantage of your Sea Tow Savings Club benefits – Did you know that, through the Sea Tow Savings Club, you have access to all sorts of great deals? When cleaning and prepping your boat for the off-season, be sure to grab some supplies from Flitz, Starbrite or Hamilton Marine. Need a new cover? Check out Great Lakes Boat Top. Want some maintenance performed? Give Boatyard a call. Each of them offers unique discounts to Sea Tow members!