Dewinterising your boat - Checklist
It may be hard to believe but, with Easter fast approaching, the warmer weather will be with us soon, for those that put their boat away for the winter, it will be time to take the covers off and see how the boat has fared over the winter months.
Depending on what was carried out when the boat was winterised there will be the usual checklist to work through:
- Locate service manual, tools, parts and fluids that will be needed;
- Change oil and filters if not done before the winter;
- Check batteries, clean terminals, top up with distilled or demineralised water and charge if necessary;
- Have a look at the diesel, checking for signs of diesel bug (slime, jelly or cloudy fuel);
- Check cooling system hoses for perishing and renew as necessary;
- Tighten and, if needed, repack the stern gland;
- Grease the weed hatch bolts' threads and check seal;
- Make sure that prop has nothing wrapped round it;
- Connect water systems back together, close all taps, flush with sterilising solution and install water filter;
- Refill tanks, checking for leaks and ensure bilges are clean and dry;
- Check around windows for signs of leaks, sort out any mould or condensation damage;
- Remove build up of leaves and rainwater;
- Wash and wax paintwork, clean and preserve cratch covers;
- Check condition of ropes;
- Replace batteries and check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms;
- Clean kitchen and toilet areas with mild disinfectant;
- Evict spiders;
- Bring back kitchenware, linen and bedding;
- Stock up with essentials for the food cupboard including beer and wine;
- Dust down the boat log book for recording journeys and good times.
Now the boat is ready to go, it's time to decide which waterways and events to visit this year. Go to Upcoming Events on the IWA website to plan your cruising.
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