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In the Pacific Northwest the dampness of the winter season impacts everything on a boat. After your engine and water systems have been professionally winterized we recommend taking a few steps to protect the interior of your boat, which is almost as important as the mechanical end of it. For instance, preventing mold and mildew is critical for your own health and well being.

Here is a list of the more important preventions for your consideration:

  • Wash the exterior of the boat to remove excess salt.
  • Fill the fuel tank to avoid condensation - only if using marine grade fuel.
  • If you’re using gas with ethanol, leave the tank as empty as possible.
  • Always remember to add fuel stabilizer regardles of the type of fuel you're using.
  • For boats that do not have a heated cabin, we recommend removing electronic equipment to store in a warm, dry environment.
  • For boats with no heat, remove everything that will mildew, i.e. life jackets, towels, cushions, etc.
  • Clean upholstery to prevent mildew.
  • Open lockers & cupboards to ensure adequate air-flow.
  • Remove all food (food attracts rodents, racoons, otters, etc.), and don’t forget water bottles and other items that can freeze - do you know that dish detergent can freeze if it’s cold enough?
  • Ensure that access to the cabin is closed against pests.
  • Clean metal surfaces, i.e. deck hardware and rails, and coat with wax or corrosion spray.
  • Use air dryers, or a low wattage heater with built in fan, to prevent moisture build up in the cabin. 
  • Place an air dryer in the engine compartment.
  • If you are using a winter cover over the boat, leave openings for air circulation.
  • Check your boat periodically during the winter to ensure all is well (every year some boats get substantial damage because rats or otters get in and make a mess. You don't want that!).

If you do nothing else, install air dryers or a low wattage heater and make sure there is adequate air-flow.

These simple preventative measures will make a difference to the general maintenance and condition of your boat and spring start up will be that much easier. 

Read our other blog on Winterizing Your Engine

Give us a call us today for more information at 604-921-7124. We’d be happy to talk with you

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