At this time of year, you probably hear lots about winterizing your boat. The process helps to keep your Chaparral safe and well-maintained throughout the cold season, right up until you’re ready to hit the water again.
But you may be wondering—how exactly do I winterize my boat?
Don’t worry—we can help. The winterization process begins with the right tools, and today, we’re listing ten such must-haves worth picking up for seasonal prep. Take a look.
To lessen the impact of winter weather on your boat’s mechanics, antifreeze is a must. After draining your boat’s water, applying the right antifreeze can ensure that any leftover or unwanted water does not have the chance to freeze and damage your pipes.
As you flush out your motor with freshwater, water muffs (similar to the ear muffs we wear at this time of year!) allow you to hook up a hose to your engine, letting it run for a few minutes while you can stand safely away.
Another must-have for your engine health, fogging oil should be applied to protect against corrosion and promote a smooth-running machine.
FRESH ENGINE OIL
Swapping out your engine oil, and adding a new filter, can help rid your Chaparral of any old oil contaminants—making sure your engine is as healthy as possible during the off-season.
Adding fresh fuel to your tank helps fight against condensation, which can happen when air and water interact. Experts recommend adding fuel because it takes away room in your tank for this to happen.
Don’t forget to add fuel stabilizer while you’re filling up, though. This essential second step gives your fuel the best chance of lasting all season long, so that it doesn’t “turn” or expire before you’re ready to hit the water in spring.
Lubricating your prop with marine grease can help keep it running smoothly. Apply it to your trailer bearings, too, so that your return to the water in a few months is smooth and effortless.
If your boat has cabin space, you may want to treat it with a simple dehumidifier so that it stays fresh and moisture-free during the winter.
Of course, we can’t forget about the classic soap-and-water solution used to spruce up your space. Use it to brush off propeller gunk as well as grime built-up on other surfaces, as well as gentle cleaning of your actual deck space.
Finally, the cover. If you are storing your boat outside for the winter, you may want to prepare it with boat shrink-wrap as well as an overall cover to keep out additional debris, water and other outdoor elements. By covering your boat, you can ensure the cleanest, most comfortable space to return to once the weather warms up.
We hope that today’s guide helps you choose just the right items for a simple, successful winterization process! Already have your boat winterized by a service team? These items are worth stocking up on anyway for future years… and several of them come in handy even outside of the cold season!