Boat Storage Checklist

by Swanson ~ December 5th, 2008.

When storing your boat, keep these tips in mind:

  • Prepare your engine in accordance with the owner’s manual.  In winter, this will normally include:
    • draining and flushing the cooling system
    • draining and refilling the crankcase
    • applying oil to inside of each cylinder through the spark plug holes;
    • other preservative actions recommended by your boat’s manufacturer.
  • Thoroughly clean the hull, decks, cockpit, bilge, all compartments, lockers and the exterior of the engine and coat with an appropriate wax or preservative.
  • Drain fuel lines, pumps, carburetor and tanks or fill completely and add fuel stabilizer.
  • Leave all floorboards up, doors ajar, ports and skylights open, hatches partly open, drawers and lockers open.
  • Carefully fit a well-made cover, provided with ventilation ports.
  • Don’t forget the trailer:  check tire pressure; check and pack wheel hubs if necessary and lubricate jack.
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