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Summer Is Over: 3 Steps To Get Your Fishing Boat Ready For Storage

by Susan Beck

Summer has come to an end. If you don't live in a region that enjoys mild winters – or enjoy fishing in the cold – it's time to put your boat away until spring. If this will be your first time storing your fishing boat, you'll want to take your time to make sure you do it right. Taking the time to prep your boat for winter storage will help prevent problems in the spring. Here are three simple steps you should take to get your fishing boat ready for storage.

Clean It Up

When it comes to storing your boat for the winter, the first thing you need to do is give it a thorough cleaning – inside and out. Begin by cleaning the inside of the boat. Take your time and make sure that you clean every area of the boat. Pay close attention to areas that might contain traces of food that could attract pests or lead to mold growth. Clean the upholstery and apply a protective sealant to prevent rotting during the cold months.

Once you're done with the inside, move to the exterior of the boat. If you're going to be dry-docking your boat – storing it out of the water – you'll need to remove all of the barnacles. Once the barnacles have been removed, scrub it down to remove dirt and algae, and then finish it off with a thorough waxing.

Prep the Motor

After you've cleaned your boat, you'll need to flush prep the engine for storage. This step is particularly important if you have an outboard motor. Begin by flushing the motor with fresh water. This will remove debris and fuel deposits. Allow the motor to drain thoroughly and then leave it open so that it can air dry. Once the motor has been flushed with water, disconnect the fuel line and turn the engine on. Allow the engine to continue running until it shuts off. Once the engine shuts off, you'll know that the fuel has been completely drained. Apply a generous amount of water-resistant grease to the propeller shaft to prevent rust.

Take Care of the Battery

Finally, make sure that your battery is prepared for the long winter months. Begin by disconnecting the cables and cleaning the terminals. To clean the terminals, you'll need water, a small amount of baking soda, and an old toothbrush. Begin by dipping your toothbrush into the water. Next, dip the toothbrush into your baking soda. Carefully scrub each of the terminals with the baking soda solution. Leave the battery disconnected while in storage.

Now that it's time to put your fishing boat into storage for the winter, make sure it's ready for the cold. The tips provided here will help ensure a safe winter for your boat. For more information, contact local professionals like Riverside Marina.