The Boater's Guide To WinterizingPublished: September 2014
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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.
Storing boats out of the water reduces the chance of damage from a number of different causes.
A boat stored ashore needs to be properly supported to make it through winter unscathed.
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.
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.
Water expands when it freezes and not properly winterizing your engine can lead to a cracked block, necessitating engine replacement.
Engine or exhaust manifolds aren't the only places where freezing water can cause serious boat damage.
If you're tempted to leave your boat with a heater running this winter rather than winterizing, consider these examples.