When it comes to New York winters, you’re in for the unpredictable. It’s a good idea to prepare your boat thoroughly before winter starts. This way, you won’t have to scramble around to get it ready for storage in the New Rochelle, NY area. Besides storage, you might want to talk to an agent at Marenco Insurance about what your options are for boat insurance in the winter.
Clean Your Boat
You may not see how much dirt and dust your boat picks up things during the summer. You’ll want to wipe it down to remove any dirt and algae, among other things. Also, be sure to check the cabinets and any spots you might not think of where you stowed things away. Of course, you can leave things there that are non-perishable and things that won’t freeze.
Check for Scrapes and Dents
When you’re hauling your boat from the water to a storage facility, you should look it over for any dents or scrapes. Also, take a look at the joints and sidewalls so you can ask the local boat shop about any issues before you store it away.
Winterize the Engine
First, run your engine, so it’s at operating temperature. It’s best if you take it out of the water and connect it to a hose so you can pump a full supply of water into the engine. Then, you should treat the fuel system by topping off the tanks with fresh fuel as well as fuel stabilizer so that the gas can stay fresh throughout the year while it’s in storage. If you don’t want fuel in the boat while it’s in storage, empty the tanks but put stabilizer in it, in case any fuel is still in them.
Next, check and replace the fuel filter by bringing the engine to operating temperature, check the filter for any leaks and anything else that needs to be fixed. Run its engine for 15 minutes so that the stabilizer can enter the fuel system. Then, you should replace the oil and inspect the boat’s spark plugs. Conduct an oil change and add lubrication to the spark plugs and replace them if it’s necessary. Drain out the tank and water lines, then inspect water lines to see if any of them need to be replaced. Add in a few ounces of antifreeze.
The last step would be to fog the boat’s engine. When you fog the oil, this prevents corrosion to the engines that can happen when they’re stored for more extended periods.
If you have questions about getting new boat insurance or making a switch to a new policy, reach out to Marenco Insurance of the New Rochelle, NY area.