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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How to Winterize Your Wakeboard Boat

Unfortunately, the wakeboarding and boating season is coming to a close for many of us as October approaches. That means it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your boat. Winterizing your boat is of critical importance and should not be an afterthought! Taking the time to properly winterize your boat will save you significant amounts of cash and headache come spring time, and will prolong the life of your boat. On a similar note, if you know your boat is in need of repair, then fall and winter are the ideal times to get work done. Marine mechanics will be in a seasonal lull and that means you’ll get your boat back quicker (and potentially cheaper).

You should also winterize your wakeboard and other boating gear in addition to winterizing your boat. Don’t store your wakeboard gear in your boat throughout the winter. We recommend first washing off all your gear with fresh water, then storing everything in a dry, indoor environment, ideally on a wakeboard rack.  Taking these steps will really help your gear last that much longer.

Winterize your Boat.  This is a little guide to get you thinking about some of the steps necessary to properly winterize your boat.  This is not a comprehensive guide, and the specifics to how you should winterize your boat will depend on a variety of factors (type of motor, indoor or outdoor storage, etc).
  1. Clean your boat – the last thing you want to see when you pull that cover off in the spring time is a messy, dirty boat.
  2. Fill up with gas – fill up your boat with gas and add a fuel stabilizer.
  3. Antifreeze – flush your boat with fresh water then add antifreeze to prevent your block from freezing up and cracking over the winter.
  4. Battery – remove your battery, give it a charge, and store in a dry place.
  5. Lubricate – spray something like white lithium grease on things like throttle cables, steering cables, etc.
  6. Cover – cover your boat regardless of whether you are storing it indoors or outdoors. If your cover doesn’t have built in ventilation, then definitely add some. You don’t want mold to accrue.