Winterizing is more than just freeze protecting your boat. It is also preparing your boat for an extended period of non-use.
Even if it doesn’t freeze, winterizing your boat can prevent many problems in the spring such as a flooding carburetor, a stuck fuel injector, a dead battery or gallons of fuel going bad. These are just samples of problems you can encounter in the springtime if your boat wasn’t prepared for storage. Most of these problems cost much more to fix than simply winterizing the boat.
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Do I Need To Winterize? Yes.
If You Don't Winterize Your Boat, Here's What Happens: Water freezes and expands and can damage anything it's trapped inside. Water may seep into unprotected spaces to do this. Acidic and corrosive wastes, salt and corrosion buildup can damage delicate parts in engines. Fuels break down or grow dirty. Mold and mildew take root, and you may come back to a boat in the spring that you can not use because of multiple system failures.
System by system, there's a lot that can go wrong, and most of it is about water freezing where it doesn't belong. Below, We'll go over each potential complication in depth.
Is Your Boat Ready For Winter?
Is Your Boat Winter Ready?
As the term implies, winterizing a boat is the procedure completed for preparing a boat for long-term storage. For example, if you live in a climate where the lake is annually certain to be covered by ice, prepping the boat for the freezing off-season is almost mandatory. If left to freeze, water trapped in an engine block, water tank, or other onboard plumbing can cause significant and very expensive damage.
This may not be an issue for a boat kept in a more temperate climate, but even when it’s unlikely that the off-season temperature will drop below freezing, there are still some good reasons to follow the procedure for long-term storage.