Preparing Your Boat"s Interior for Winter
By not sufficiently preparing your boat, you run the risk of water damage to both the interior and exterior of the boat, mold, major leaks and corrosion, frozen pipes, and so much more! But, by doing a little research and not taking any shortcuts you will be able to avoid some pretty expensive fixes to your vessel as well as a lot of embarrassment when you lift the tarp off of your boat in front of your family and friends! Having a good quality boat cover is a must! Your cover needs to be water repellent and mildew resistant.
The trick is to seal the boat well enough to prevent any water from freezing or causing interior damage.
If you choose not to purchase a boat cover, another viable option is to shrink wrap your boat.
You can either do this yourself or hire someone but, the key is protect the boat from all moisture.
Make sure that you do a thorough cleaning of your vessel prior to storage and as soon as it comes out the water.
Allow a few days for your boat to air dry to prevent any mildew.
Investing in a good pressure washing system for your vessel will ultimately save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
For out of water storage, you will definitely need to pressure wash the hull and scrape off any barnacles that have attached themselves to the bottom of your boat.
To prevent moisture damage to the interior of your boat, you might need to invest in a dehumidifier or another moisture absorbing product.
Do a thorough cleaning of the boat's cabin and interior, cleaning all of the carpets by either vacuuming or shampooing.
A boat's cabin can be a breeding ground for bacteria, moisture and intense smells.
So a a deep cleaning of all surfaces is advisable prior to storage.
Make sure that all life jackets, sails, cloth materials, and surfaces are completely dry before you leave your boat for the winter! There is nothing more disgusting and aggravating than having to clean large amounts of indoor mold when you take your boat out of storage in the Spring.
If you follow these steps before storing your boat for winter, you will be preventing potential damage to the interior of your vessel as well as a lot of time, money and aggravation in the Spring.