Winterising Your Boat

With Winter fast approaching here is our top tips for Winterising your boat to ensure it will be protected during the winter months.

Our 10 top tips to Winterise your vessel while being left afloat in a Marina:

  1. All valves and seacocks should be closed. Seacocks and valves are normally located in the engine intake and toilet.
  2. The engine cooling system and heat exchanger should be filled with engine anti-freeze.
  3. A small amount of anti-freeze should be put in the toilet.
  4. Outboard motors that are liquid cooled should have the cooling system filled with anti-freeze or should be stored in a building where the temperature is above freezing.
  5. Remove all valuables such as electronic and navigation equipment.
  6. Inspect the life jackets, auto-inflatables, fire extinguishers, flares, etc. and replace as necessary at the start of the following season.
  7. Test the bilge pumps to ensure they are working correctly and that the float switches properly activate the pumps and are clear of debris.
  8. Drain the fresh water tanks.
  9. Make sure canopies or covers are in good condition and secured properly.
  10. Periodically check on your vessel or have the marina check it during the winter.

Our 10 top tips to Winterise your vessel while being laid-up ashore:  

  1. Pressure wash the hull. Clean the propellers, shafts, rudders, struts, trim tabs, thru-hulls and strainers.
  2. Ensure your vessel is left in a secure location.
  3. The engine cooling system and heat exchanger should be filled with engine anti-freeze.
  4. A small amount of anti-freeze should be put in the toilet or open the seacocks to drain.
  5. Outboard motors that are liquid cooled should have the cooling system filled with anti-freeze or should be stored in a building where the temperature is above freezing.
  6. Remove all valuables such as electronic and navigation equipment.
  7. Drain the fresh water tanks.
  8. Inspect the life jackets, auto-inflatables, fire extinguishers, flares, etc. and replace as necessary at the start of the following season.
  9. Make sure canopies or covers are in good condition and secured properly.
  10. Periodically check on your vessel or have the marina check it periodically during the winter.

It is important to remember, each craft is different. If you are in any doubt what-so-ever please consult your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations or seek professional advice.

Please note: Damage caused as a result of the insured vessel(s) including inboard and outboard engine(s) not being winterised as per manufacturers specification will result in claims not being paid.


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