Sadly, once the Labor Day weekend passes, Mother Nature seems to know that summer is officially over for us boaters in the northwest. Days start getting a little colder and shorter. Getting out on Coeur d’Alene Lake gets harder. It’s a sad time of year — time to start getting your boat ready for winter storage.
In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of properly storing your boat for winter. While it is best to let a professional handle the actual winterization process, there are some things you can do to get the ball rolling.
Here are three tips on how to begin preparing your boat for winter:
- Remove everything from your boat
From drink koozies to swim towels, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of stuff in your boat’s storage areas this season. Clean these out to prevent any mildew, and to have a fresh start in the spring.
- Remove the fluids
Make sure water and other fluids are removed from coolers, refrigerators and the bilge. This water can freeze and crack the boat if stored improperly.
- Fix anything
Start making a list of anything to fix or refinish that you would like a professional to take a look at over the winter season, so you can start new and fresh in spring!