Storing Your Boat at the End of the Season – guest blogger Tony Lucacio

September will be here before we know it but in the meantime we have really enjoyed an awesome summer.  Still we need to think about storing some of those things we enjoy during the summer – like our boat.  Tony Lucacio from Merrimack Valley Insurance reminds us of what we need to do.   

 

It is sad to say but summer is more than half over and that means fewer chances to be able to go out on the boat. Once the boating season is over you are going to have to store that boat and it is best to store it right to keep your boat from being damaged. Here are some tips for storing your boat to keep it in good shape.

  • Prepare your engine to owner’s manual specifications.
  • Drain fuel lines, pumps, carburetors, and tanks
  • Drain and flush cooling system
  • Drain and refill the crankcase
  • Apply oil to inside each cylinder
  • Thoroughly clean the boat, including the hull, deck, cockpit, outer engine and all compartments
  • Coat the boat with a wax or other preservative
  • Keep all doorways and windows partially opened to avoid the air to stagnate in the room.
  • Put a cover over the boat to protect it from sun, rain, and snow. Make sure there are no spots where rain could pool on the cover.
  • Check all boating insurance to make sure it doesn’t expire while the boat is in storage. If it does expire get it insured with Massachusetts Boat Insurance.

There is still a lot of time left to go out on that boat and enjoy before you have to put it into storage. Enjoy this great summer weather before it is gone and gives way to the chilly fall season. Remember these tips when storing that boat to keep it in great shape so you can enjoy it next time you take it out.

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