BOAT WINTERIZING CHECKLIST WE USE ON OUR BOAT
If you live somewhere where you pull your boat in the fall and store it over the winter months, this article is for you.
- Remove the water intake hose on the water impeller.
- Attach a clear hose to the engine fitting
- Put the end of the tube in a Gallon of engine antifreeze and start the engine.
- Ensure antifreeze comes out the engine exhaust thru-hull fitting
- Shut down the engine
- Empty engine freshwater strainer and add antifreeze and flush antifreeze through the hoses
- Flush out the tank: Connect a freshwater hose to the Pressure Relief Valve and connect a hose to the bottom fitting to flush
- Drain water from the tank:
- Attach 5/8" ID hose (attach to bottom fitting before removing top fitting)
- Use a shut-off valve on the drain line.
- Drain tank into lower storage compartment using a bucket and dump as needed
- Install hot water tank bypass fitting - connects input and output lines on hot water tank together (this saves a lot of antifreeze)
- Freshwater lines using water pressure pump - open all faucets and check both the hot and cold sides.
- Icebox/cooler drain hand pump.
- Head and both lines on anti-siphon fitting
- Arid Bilge Vacuum until the antifreeze comes out the thru-hull fitting
- Manual bilge pump & automatic bilge pump until the antifreeze comes out the thru-hull fitting(s)
- Add antifreeze to the bilge
- Brass clock
- Compass - put plastic over the opening.
- Solar panel
- Dodger and Bimini canvas
- Boat grill, cover & tools
- Safety Equipment:
- PFDs / Lifejackets
- Life sling/horseshoe throwable
- Fire extinguishers
- Handheld VHF
- Start assembling the frame at the bow.
- Bring up the front cover canvas section before the stern section frame is up.
- Finish stern section frame, bring up stern section cover.
- Install the bow cover section and then the stern cover section
- Tie boom to winter cover frame using sail ties or other short lines
- Add diesel/gas stabilizer to the fuel tank - follow instructions on the bottle.
- Fill fuel tank - use siphon hose.
- Charge batteries
- Disconnect batteries
- Remove batteries and bring them home.
Below are some pictures showing some of the above steps:
You may have other work items for your boat, depending on the different systems and electronics that you have. This list should give you a good starting point for winterizing your boat.
Please comment on this blog below if you have other things that you do to your boat for winter storage, or you can shoot me an email at Steve@seadogboatingsolutions.com