One of the least favorite parts of owning a boat is having to put it away for the winter. Not only is there a lot of work involved, but it represents the time of year when you won’t be able to get out and enjoy being out on the water. Making sure to take the time to winterize your boat and do all of the little tasks associated with winter boat storage, will make it so much easier in the spring to get your boat back out on the water without any delays.
It is important to make sure that you take proper care of your boat while it is out of the water. The Brownell boat stand system, which features a variety of motor boat stands, dollies, boat racks and boat stands for sailboats, can help make winter boat storage a breeze. Of course, you will still need to take care of all the steps required for winterizing your boat to ensure that nothing happens to the structure or internal working parts of your vessel.
Take Note of What Needs to Be Done
Before you start doing anything to prepare your vessel for winter boat storage, make sure to take the time to give it a good once over. Consider doing this while you are out on the water to provide you with a different perspective than what you will see while it is at the boatyard or on the trailer. Test out everything – all of the electronics, the mechanical equipment, the motor and anything else that might need maintenance and repair. The goal is to get all of the work done in the off season, so when the weather is nice, you won’t miss a lot of time out on the water.
Take a look at the railings, the carpets, the cushions – any upholstery, safety equipment and accessories that might be getting worn and should be cleaned, replaced or updated. Don’t neglect these items for another season. Now is the time to thank your boat for an awesome season by giving it all of the pampering and care that it needs to be able to perform for you again when the weather turns fair. Take advantage of all the tools available through the Brownell boat stand system to help you take care of your vessel, provide it with essential services and do any necessary repairs without putting anything at risk.
Take Care of the Housekeeping
Go through your vessel and remove anything that isn’t nailed down – pots, pans, food, blankets, linens, pillows, curtains and cushions. Take your fire extinguishers for inspection or replacement – just get everything out. Now start scrubbing the cabin clean, including all of the drawers, lockers and hold. Consider using a lemon or orange oil on wood to add some extra protection for the winter months. Once clean, air everything out to ensure that your boat doesn’t retain any moisture. Some boat owners swear by odor absorbers and moisture products to ensure the vessel doesn’t smell musty after being in winter boat storage.
Make sure to clean everything externally as well, including the anchor and chain, as well as the sails and the lines before moving your vessel to boat stands for sailboats. For power boats, make sure to check the entire engine system – including adding fuel stabilizer, changing the engine oil, replacing the filters, checking the coolant, hoses, clamps and belts. All this should be done before you bring your boat in to be placed on motor boat stands for the winter or start to do any other types of off-season repairs. Ask your boatyard about the Brownell boat stand system or look into it for yourself to ensure professional quality results.
Hauling Out Your Vessel
Make sure to work with a boatyard that you trust or use equipment that you can rely on to haul out your own boat. The Brownell boat stand system is more than just a collection of motor boat stands and boat stands for sailboats, they also feature all of the tools you need to get your boat out of the water and haul it to your destination. From boat dollies to boat racks, boat lifting systems to engine handling products, plus all the trailer components, TLC boat pads and other parts and accessories that you might need, the Brownell boat stand system has it all for winter boat storage, as well as maintenance and repairs.
Once you get your boat out of the water, make sure to check all of the thru-hulls, intake screens, anodes, props, shaft, strut, cutlass bearing and anything else that you now have gained access to via motor boat stands or boat stands for sailboats. Take a good look at the hull and check it for any blisters, while taking time to cover up any holes, such as the exhaust, to prevent animals from making a nest inside your vessel. Work with the boatyard to get your vessel into a temperature controlled indoor facility or make sure that your boat will be protected and kept free from snow and ice while stored outdoors.
To learn more about the Brownell boat stand system or to purchase motor boat stands, boat stands for sailboats or other essential equipment for proper winter boat storage, contact Brownell direct by calling +1-508-758-3671. Brownell boat stands are made in the USA from high quality American steel by experienced and knowledgeable craftsmen who take pride in their work. Whether you have a sailboat or a motor boat, you can trust the Brownell boat stand system to protect your vessel.