We hate to say it but before we know it the darker days and nights will be here and we will be back wrapped up in coats and hats again!
Sadly the boat doesn’t seem quite as appealing as it did in the sunshine, so to prepare you for the inevitable, we have compiled a short list of protective measures to think about once you decide to wrap the boat up for another season:
- Give your boat a proper clean – Full super structure clean with a little wax to protect, check for flaking, chips and make the necessary repairs, clean your sprayhoods and full canopy/covers getting rid of any debris or residue.
- Resolve any boat leaks – condensation and damp just doesn’t leave our boats alone in the winter so do what you can to resolve any known leaks before they get worse.
- Mould – Gets into everything so to prevent it ruining your upholstery, take the upholstery home to keep dry and warmer or if not possible due to lack of storage, try for a little circulation with a de-humidifier or August Race Boat Bomb!
- Remove all perishable items ie. food and clean your fridge and freezer!
- The Engine – Contact a professional marine engineer direct and ask for suitable advice on how to winterise your engine specifically
- Disconnect your battery – if you really are not going to be using your boat over the winter period, saves potentially having to fork out for a new one if left on whilst not using the boat.
- Check your boat! Make sure you visit your regularly to check on things, it will only help you come Spring!