Winter is on its way, and the boating season is coming to an end. Now you need to store your boat until spring arrives, but there are several things you need to do to get it ready for storage
Your boat will be safe at Phelps Outdoor Storage in Niceville, but you should remove all personal items from the boat before leaving it. Be sure to remove your GPS and any expensive electronics you may have.
You’ve probably put in a lot of hours on the water, but when you load your boat on the trailer one last time, you can’t just put it in storage as is. You have some work to do first.
You need to drain each system to avoid the risk of corrosion on any metal parts. Drain the bilge, empty onboard water tanks and drain water from pipes. Draining the system also helps avoid anything freezing when it does get cold.
Your watercraft needs a thorough cleaning before it goes into storage. Get the grime off with an approved boat cleaner. Remove any algae or barnacles that may have collected on the hull. Clean the upholstery and make sure everything dries out, both outside and inside cabinets. The last thing you want is to find mold or mildew next season. A good coat of wax will protect the exterior until next season.
Fill your gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer to help keep the engine in top shape. Stabilizer will keep the gas from going bad while the boat sets in storage. Be sure to change the oil too, as well as oiling all the moving parts. Even cabinet latches need attention so they don’t rust.
If you have a cover, put it on, Now, after all that work, your boat is ready for storage, and you can rest easy because it will be ready to get on the water when winter ends.