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Why is it important to prepare a boat for winter?

When the warm weather turns cold in Rhode Island, you have to begin thinking about putting your boat away for the winter. Winterizing your boat is an important part of ownership. According to V-Dock, it will help ensure that come spring, you do not end up with costly repairs or worse than that damage you do not see that could put you at risk of a boating accident once you hit the water again. It also ensures that your boat is kept safe during the colder months and that you do not become a victim of theft or vandalism.

One of the first things you need to do is remove anything valuable from your boat. This includes things inside the boat that you may have stored there all summer. Do an inspection to be sure everything of value is removed. You also need to properly protect electronics that cannot be removed. Electronics are easily damaged by cold weather. They have to be covered so that no moisture can get to them at all. Otherwise, you may return in the spring to completely useless electronic systems.

Now you can begin to protect the different components of your boat, including preparing the fuel tank. You should follow the standard protocols for protecting the different systems and your motor during the winter. Ideally, you want to store your boat in a well-covered building. If you do not have this option, then at least be sure it is properly covered. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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