As the colder weather begins to settle into the Northern states, it's time to think about preparing your boat for the freezing temperatures just around the corner. If your boat is not properly prepared for the winter, it could be facing damages caused by the cold costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The biggest culprit is water. Fresh water dramatically expands by volume when frozen and can crack an engine block, split hoses, damage fiberglass and cooling systems.
To protect your boat during the winter, BoatUS does a nice job of covering the details of how to protect hulls, tops, exhaust ports, bilge pumps, drain plugs, dock lines, batteries, lifts and provides many other boat winterizing tips. BoatUS created a PDF guide of very helpful information, and we at TACO MARINE thought it was important to pass along to you. Click here to view and print the Seaworthy "Boaters Guide to Winterizing," where you will find expert tips on how to store your boat this winter plus a Winterizing Worksheet.