The boating season is slowly winding down, and that means you’ll soon be storing your favorite recreational vehicle. However, before you throw on a boat cover and call it good, consider that a little more boat winterization might extend the longevity of your boat. In addition, it’ll help you get back out on the open water faster come springtime!
The First Steps for Boat Winterization
Start your boat winterization process by removing your boat from water. The exposure to freezing waters, ice, snow, wind, hail, and other winter elements wreak heavy damage on the hull and external features.
Next, make an assessment of your boat storage options. Being out of water doesn’t automatically protect your boat from all of the winter conditions listed above. The ideal location is in a garage or storage unit that is temperature-controlled. However, it is more likely that you’ll bring your boat into a personal garage.
It’s also recommended as part of standard boat winterization to cover it with some kind of tarp. Or, better yet, you can have your boat professionally shrink-wrapped to keep moisture, debris, etc. away.
Boat Winterization Checklist
Every boat is slightly different and may have different winter weaknesses or concerns. Look in your owner’s manual for specific boat winterization guidelines or tips in addition to addressing these:
Unfortunately, most recreational insurance that covers your boat doesn’t cover damage due to the effects of winter weather and improper storage. That’s why it’s crucial to prepare for the colder months with proper boat winterization techniques.
Check if you’re covered for accidental or weather damage under your recreational insurance. Or contact an experienced representative from Higgins Insurance to better understand your options for protecting your boat and other assets. Call today at 1-866-273-2911!