You may think, why bother winterizing a boat? You’re not going to use it for three to six months- why put that time and energy into it when it’s just going to be sitting in the garage or storage?
While this is an all-too-common attitude, it is a huge mistake. Your boat is your most valuable recreational asset, and you’ve probably already invested a lot of time and money into it. Winter weather can cause huge problems for you if you and your boat are not prepared, and cause irreparable damage in the spring. Cold weather and hard conditions can cause tanks to freeze, mold or crack if not properly prepared.
The time and effort you spend on your boat to winterize will have a noticeable impact in the future, when you pull it out to run again in the spring. Read up on how to winterize to learn more about the proper way to winterize different types of boats.
Also, it is important to keep in mind that spring is the busiest time for boat mechanics and technicians. If you know of a problem or potential issue, get it checked out in the fall or winter. That way, they won’t be hurried, and you won’t be in a rush to get on the water.