Winterizing Project Checklist
October 31, 2013
Kingman Yacht Center on Red Brook Harbor, Cape Cod, has put together a good list of winterizing projects that should be performed each fall to protect your boat from moisture, freezing and corrosion damage during storage:
- Drain all freshwater tanks, including heaters; winterize with non-toxic antifreeze.
- Winterize all other plumbing, including fresh- and saltwater pumps and drains, air conditioning, refrigeration, all water-using appliances, washdown pumps, toilets, holding tanks, etc.
- Change engine oil and filter, lube and gear oil.
- Run and fog engine.
- Drain water from engine.
- Winterize cooling systems with non-toxic antifreeze.
- Check belts and hoses; steering and trim.
- Lubricate shift and throttle cables.
- If the boat is stored on land, remove batteries, bring to full charge, store in dry place, trickle-charge, check water.
- Top off fuel tanks to minimize fuel contamination with water from condensation. Add stabilizers/conditioners to prevent gumming in gasoline or algae in diesel.
- Coat exposed electrical terminals and junction blocks with protective film.
- Inspect and properly store sails, canvas bimini tops, dodgers, or vinyl curtains and cushions.
- Install air treatment in enclosed areas to help prevent the formation of mold and mildew.