Kelowna Boat Storage Tips: Prepare Your Boat for Storage Season

Posted on October 17, 2018

Winter boat storage

Help your boat beat the frost and the snow with these helpful boat storage tips.


The happiest time of year for so many Okanagan residents is the time when the boat finally comes out of boat storage once the snow melts and the sun becomes a fixture in the sky once again. The refreshing Okanagan waters beckon, and we know it won't be much longer until we can tow our boat to the closest boat launch.

To keep this time as happy as possible, though, it's a great idea to ensure your boat is winterized properly before being tucked away for winter. If you're new to winterizing a boat or just need a little reminder, here's a great guide to winterizing your boat.


Step 1: Find a Reputable Local Boat Storage Facility

Before you even touch your boat, you may want to look for an affordable and secure storage location. Some lots fill up quickly, and you don't want to compromise on the quality of your parking location. Phone around, ask questions, and make sure the location you select is a great fit for you and your watercraft.


Step 2: Review Your Owner's Manual

Before you hop in your boat and start tinkering, review your owner's manual first. Here you'll find the manufacturers recommendations on winterizing your vessel and the systems inside. From there you can ensure you have everything you need before you get started.


Step 3: Stabilize the Fuel System

First, fill the tank and add a fuel stabilizer. Adding a fuel stabilizer to your engine will help you avoid engine clogs and failed fuel systems. Once you've added the fuel stabilizer, run the engine to ensure it's distributed throughout.


Step 4: Fog the Cylinders

Check in with your local boat dealer to locate an aerosol fogging solution. This easy-to-use solution coats the inside of the engine to protect it from corrosion. You'll want to make sure you use the entire can while the engine is running so that the solution is applied everywhere.


Step 5: Give the Engine an Oil Change

Some people prefer to do this in the spring, but it's actually pretty important to do this in the fall. If there's any sort of moisture in the oil, your engine could be damaged due to corrosion. The perfect time to do this is right after you've fogged the cylinders and the oil is still warm from the running engine. Oh, and don't forget to replace the oil filter!


Step 6: Drain the Engine

If you've got an inboard or stern-drive engine, you'll need to make sure it's completely drained before putting it into boat storage. If you skip this step, the water in the cooling chambers will likely freeze and crack the engine block and manifolds. If you've got an outboard motor, you don't need to worry about this. They drain themselves. Don't forget to use antifreeze in case you don't empty it completely.


For a few more boat winterization tips, check out our previous post: 4 Common Boat Storage Winterization Issues to Avoid


Need a safe and reliable boat storage facility to store your boat in this winter? Come and see the extra-wide paved stalls at Space Centre Storage. The facility is fenced, lighted, and includes passcode entry. There are indoor spots available too. Reserve your stall today: 778-760-1713

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