As the boating season draws to a close, there are a few things to keep in mind before putting your boat into storage. Out of sight is not out of mind when it comes to boat storage, and an improperly stored boat can result in damages that will delay your time on the water when the next boating season comes to Georgia.
By checking off Custom Marine’s Boat Storage To-Do list, you can improve your boat’s longevity, avoid costly repairs, and ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your time on the water with your dream boat for as long as the good weather lasts.
Replace Your Oil
Even before it’s time for boat storage, we recommend having your boat oil changed every 100 hours of active engine time. However, if the season draws to a close and your boat has not reached 100 hours, you shouldn’t wait until the next season for an oil change. Boat oil left within the engine can degrade and turn acidic because the debris and saltwater leaching into the oil. Degraded oil will cause damage, requiring expensive repairs.
Instead, bring your boat into a trusted shop and have a trusted technician change your oil and replace the oil filter, ensuring that when your boat goes into storage, it has a clean oil tank and filter that won’t go bad during the winter months.
Removing the battery from your boat before placing it in storage is essential. A battery that remains within the engine can lose charge or even begin to corrode. Instead, it’s wise to clean the battery and charge it completely before storing it away separately.
Preparing your engine for the winter months can be achieved by flushing the engine and coolant system with fresh water to remove debris and salt. Once they’re clean, fill the engine with anti-freeze to prepare it for any icy days.
Have the Engine Checked
A skilled technician can discover any potential problems your eyes may miss in your engine if you bring it in for a check-up. While it may seem like you can get away with waiting until boating season to examine your engine, several problems can arise with a boat engine during boat storage. That’s why we suggest boat owners take their boats in for regular maintenance before and after storing them.
Clean Your Boat
Once your boat is ready for winter, make your boat shine on the outside as well. Cleaning and polishing the hull can prevent unsightly rust while clearing and drying the interior prevents mildew and mold. Remove any potential valuables, such as fishing gear or boating equipment.
Tarp Your Boat
If you’ve found your dream boat, you don’t want that beauty tarnished from sitting in your storage unit or a parking space. Instead, ensure your boat is securely covered, leaving it undamaged by storms or the weather.
For Boating Needs, Call Custom Marine
When it’s time for routine boat maintenance, there’s only one place you can trust to offer you the service that’ll have your boat running in no time. Since 1971, Custom Marine has served thousands of boaters, pros and amateurs alike, and we leave our customers happy with our service. Our technicians can assist you in keeping your boat running for years as a certified Yamalube® Exclusive Service Center.
We serve the low country and beyond, including Statesboro, Savannah, Rincon, Guyton, Hinesville, Richmond Hill, St. Simons, Brunswick, Augusta, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Bluffton, and Jacksonville.