Winterizing A Boat:
Your Checklist!

'Winterizing a boat' isn't difficult, but it is absolutely necessary when you want to have a smooth start next season.

You should do the winterizing process when you know that you will not use your boat for 3 months or longer.

On this page, I will give you a checklist that will help you to do the job!

On the Inside

  • Do a general clean up.
  • Galley: Clean the galley, remove all the food and close the gas supply.
  • Clean the bilges.
  • Use dehumidifiers.
  • Leave the lockers open.
  • Put the mattresses on its side.

On the Outside

  • Take your sails down, wash them, repair them and store them neat in a dry place.
  • Store or cover your electronics.
  • Cover your boat.
  • Have a wash-down.
  • Polish the exterior.
  • Clean and waterproof your covers (sprayhood).
  • Store your summer covers and use your winter covers.
  • Clean and cover the tender.

Systems onboard

  • Winterize your watermaker.
  • Winterize your engine.
  • Winterize your outboard motor.
  • Update the software of your electronics.
  • Fill your fuel tank completely.
  • Fuel storage.
  • Tank cleaning.
  • Water-system: antifreeze and put your water tank in storage.
  • Clean, check and charge your batteries.

In General

  • Make a list with all the things that needs to be repaired or replaced. This way, you have a few months to solve those problems or arrange some people to do the job.
  • It might be a good idea to take all the loose valuable stuff to your home, just as a precaution against thieves.

Every boat is different. Even the location where the boat will spend its down-time will determine which actions you will have to take. So you don't necessarily have to do everything on the list.

You see, a lot of this winterizing checklist is common sense. You keep your boat in value and you will make a running start next cruising season!

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