Importance of Winterizing Your Boat
So, you’ve spent an enjoyable time during spring, summer, and even the first half of fall, with your boat on the water. Whether you have used it for day trips, to check out wildlife, or to catch some of that wildlife, either on camera or at the end of a fishing line, you now need to think about what you are going to do with your boat during winter.
Winterization is a must for any boat, regardless of what state you reside in. The extent to which you winterize your boat may depend on your location. As a huge part of the process is making sure there is no presence of water in your boat before you put it into boat storage or winter storage, you will want to do that part at the very least.
Why is water in an unused boat so bad? Although boats are designed to spend most of their time on the water, prolonged exposure can cause damage. Without cleaning and drying out the parts of a vessel that shouldn’t have water, that water could cause mold to start growing. If you live in an area where there are below-freezing temperatures during winter, you also have the problem of any water freezing over.
Freezing water can cause parts and components of the boat to crack, such as the paneling or even more crucially, the engine cylinders, fuel systems, and power source.
While it may seem like a hassle at the time, spending a bit of time and investing a bit of money in winterization could mean that you avoid expensive repair bills further down the line.
One part of winterization, along with removing all of the water from your boat, is shrink wrapping. Shrinking wrapping is designed to stop more moisture from building up in your boat and helps keep it at a normal operating temperature.