The Boater's Guide To Winterizing

Published: September 2014


Thumbnail photo of boats in winter boat storageWinterizing Your Boat

This page and our winterizing brochure show you how to avoid 95 percent of the ice and freezing claims the BoatUS Marine Insurance program has handled in the past decade.


Thumbnail photo of a sinking powerboatStoring Your Boat For The Winter

Storing boats out of the water reduces the chance of damage from a number of different causes.


Thumbnail photo of a boat on jackstandsWinter Boat Storage Ashore

A boat stored ashore needs to be properly supported to make it through winter unscathed.


Thumbnail photo of boat damage from docklineWinter Boat Storage In The Water

If you are going to leave a boat in the water over the winter, here's what you need to do to make sure it's still afloat and happy come spring.


Thumbnail photo of a plastic tarp boat cover To Cover Or Not To Cover

Custom-made winter covers, typically canvas or synthetic, are a terrific benefit to your boat's gelcoat and general well-being. Plastic tarps? Not so much.


Thumbnail photo of a cracked manifoldWinterizing Boat Engines And Drives

Water expands when it freezes and not properly winterizing your engine can lead to a cracked block, necessitating engine replacement.


Thumbnail photo of a broken air conditioning strainer Winterizing Boat Plumbing

Engine or exhaust manifolds aren't the only places where freezing water can cause serious boat damage.


Thumbnail photo of a burned 27-foot RinkerElectric Heaters

If you're tempted to leave your boat with a heater running this winter rather than winterizing, consider these examples.