If you want to maximize a boat’s lifespan, it is essential to know how to properly store and winterize the watercraft. Proper storage will help proactively prevent potential damage to the boat when not in use during the off-season. If you are a boater or boat owner in the greater Deerfield, IL, area, the insurance specialists at STARS Insurance offer these essential tips for storing your boat as the summer boating season begins to draw near.
Tips for Storing a Boat
Remember to keep all boat-related paperwork (insurance, registration, and maintenance records) in a safe, conveniently accessible location and –
Clean the Inside/Outside of the Boat
Before storing, remove all debris and dirt on the inside and the hull and deck. Clean compartments to prevent mold/mildew growth.
Change the Oil & Flush the Engine
Consider changing the watercraft’s oil and oil filter before storing the boat. If the boat has an inboard or stern-drive engine, flush it with fresh water to remove any salt/contaminants. Add antifreeze to the cooling system and a fuel stabilizer to the boat’s fuel tank to prevent the gas from breaking down.
Drain Water Systems
Drain all water from the boat’s systems to prevent the freezing of pipes, pumps, etc.
Disconnect the boat’s batteries and store them in a dry, cool location.
Elevate the Boat & Cover Properly
Use a cover that fits properly/snugly, as this offers the best protection from harsh elements. Elevate on blocks, as this keeps moisture away from the hull. Be sure if the boat is stored indoors that, there is proper ventilation to avoid mold/mildew.
We Are Here To Help!
For more information on the many ways to protect your boat, contact the Deerfield, IL-based STARS Insurance. We can assist you with all your boat insurance needs.