The winter is now slowly creeping in and, for many, the last voyage on your boat is to a marina for the winter layup and boat storage. The winter months are a testing and important time for your boat so laying it up appropriately is essential. Below are a selection of products that maybe useful for the boat winter layup.
Boat covers are a popular and useful addition for the storage of boats over the winter. Placing a cover on your boat, whether its a value cover or a fitted cover, helps protect it from the build up of dirt whilst also offering a degree of protection from the damaging UV rays of the sun. You can find boat covers and cover fittings below.
During the winter layup boats can often become damp, especially if a cover is fitted because air circulation is reduced. Moisture can build up and become trapped, much like the effects in a greenhouse. Dehumidifiers and storage heaters can be placed inside your boat to help control the situation.
It is especially important to winterise engines correctly to help protect the internals from the harsh conditions the winter period may bring. Freezing conditions can cause serious problems and it is easy to be caught out by quick temperature drops. So plan early and explore products such as fuel additives and engine parts here.
Part of the winter lay-up requires the bilge to be cleaned out of water, grease and oil that can build up over a seasons use. Any water left in the bilge has the potential to freeze and cause problems. Cleaning the bilge and painting with fresh boat bilge paint also helps to identify any leaks that may appear over the winter.
It is a good idea to give your boat a post season clean before it is stored for the winter. Cleaning off dirt, grime and even algae that has built up from a season afloat will make it easier to clean in the Spring. Taking time to clean the bilges, engine bays and accessories such as fenders and ropes prolong their life span.
As a boat is often left alone for quite sometime over the winter months it might be as well to add some intruder deterrents such as boat alarms, boat locks and boat outboard locks, especially if your outboard stays on the back of the boat. We find that even the presence of a device that looks like an alarm helps in the combat against marine crime.