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Little Falmouth Yacht Yard

Flushing, Falmouth

Cornwall, TR11 5TJ

Advice for winterising your boat

Putting a boat into hibernation is one of the most important tasks for owners. 

Storing your boat correctly through the winter months can prevent the effects of corrosion and avoid the ill effects of moisture.  The more extensively you winterize her the easier the relaunch in spring, leaving you more time to enjoy on the water.

Our advice for best practice is:

Wash exterior
Salt needs removing so thoroughly pressure wash the bottom, topsides and decks and remove barnacles. Apply a coat of wax. Open seacocks and soak ropes in domestic detergent. Remove sails and sail covers.

Clean interior

Remove all equipment for cleaning and checking through winter including all soft items and gas bottles.  Scrub and disinfect the interior, including drawers and fridge/ freezer after which leave ajar for air to circulate. A small bar heater or dehumidifier set on a timer or thermostat will give more protection that anything else, so make sure that you choose a lay up space with electricity. 

Winterise engine
Run the inboard engine and change oil and filter.  Flush engine with fresh water, add bio-degradable antifreeze and start engine, keeping it on until antifreeze leaves the exhaust.  Change transmission fluid. Flush outboard engine with fresh water, wash down with mild detergent. Change gear oil, lubricate cylinders and the engine exterior. Check stern drive, drain gear case and check all fluid levels. Fill fuel tanks to avoid condensation, change filter and water separator.

Plumbing
Either drain completely or fill with bio-degradable antifreeze.  Flush tanks with sterilizing solution such as Milton.

Batteries
Remove batteries, clean and lightly oil terminal ends. Store in cool dry place.

Bilges
Clean thoroughly with detergent and hard bristled brush.

Anchor Chain
Letting the air and fresh water rain get to the anchor chain over the winter months helps give it thorough soaking.

If you have any questions about winterising your boat or if you would like us to carry out any of the services above, do call us on 01326 374309, email us or complete the instruction form.

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