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together so one cannot slide out from under the hull. If you’re storing the boat on a trailer, taking the wheels off and storing them in
the garage will keep the tires in good shape for next summer while
4Clean out. Once you’ve secured the boat in her winter berth, it’s time to get her shipshape to minimize the unpleasant surprises come spring. To keep furry guests in search of a winter meal
ticket from coming aboard, empty the icebox and all food storage
areas. Don’t forget the metal and plastic containers holding liquids,
which can burst in freezing temperatures. Wash dishes, pots, pans,
linens, blankets, curtains, and rugs. Store fabrics at home along
with cushions and pillows to keep them fresh and mold-free. Take
electronics home. Not only will that prevent theft, but large swings
in temperature can damage those pricey screens. Send your fire
extinguishers to be inspected, and take the batteries out of anything
you’ll be leaving aboard like clocks and flashlights. You’ll avoid a battery leak over the winter, and start with fresh batteries come spring.
5Clean up and clear the air. With all that stuff off the boat, cleaning is a whole lot easier. Scrub the decks and get rid of the
ugly stains that bothered you all summer. Pull out the anchor rode
and rinse it of mud and seaweed, then scrub out the anchor locker.
Clean the black scum out of the corners of the lazarette and other
deck lockers. Wash your lines in a big bucket with warm, soapy water
(use a mild dish or laundry soap to prevent damage); dry them in the
sun before stowing them again. Check your sails and canvas to see
if they need cleaning or repair. Below, wipe out lockers and drawers,
as well as wood and plastic cabin surfaces, with a 10 percent vinegar
solution. Clean hatches, portlights, and see-through plastic curtains
inside and out (use soapy water on plastics like Plexiglas, Lexan,
or acrylic curtains rather than ammonia-based cleaners). Clean the
cabin sole, then pull up the floorboards and clean out the bilge.
You’ll probably find a few things that went missing last summer while
you’re down there. To keep the boat mold-free and smelling fresh all
winter, leave the interior doors and lockers open so air can circulate.
If you’re covering the boat and have a small, relatively protected port-light in the head or in the cockpit footwell, leave it open to increase
the airflow. If your boat has suffered from mold in the past, put out
some desiccant like DampRid.
6Winterize your engine. Your engine manual will have detailed winterizing instructions. You’ll find general recommendations
for inboards, outboards, and sterndrives on our BoatU.S. winterizing
web page (see online extra). Empty small gasoline tanks if at all possible. Add fuel stabilizer to large, integral tanks and then top them off.
Top off diesel fuel tanks to limit condensation. Change your engine
oil and replace all filters. Check hoses, belts, and clamps; clean
strainers. Open and close all thru-hulls. If the boat’s in the water,
leave them closed (except those on cockpit drains); if out of the
water, leave them open. Top off the batteries, then disconnect them
and clean the terminals. If the boat’s in the water, reconnect them so
they can operate the bilge pump and high-water alarms. If the boat’s
out of the water, you might want to take your batteries home and
leave them on a trickle charger throughout the winter.
7Freeze-proof your boat. The expansion of water when it freezes can crack an engine block, damage fiberglass, split hoses,
or destroy a refrigeration system. Where you can’t drain water, you
need to use enough of the right kind of antifreeze to protect against
the lowest temperatures your boat might experience. Pump out the