Get wise and winterize!

It’s sad but true: the end of the Lake County boating season is looming. It’s time to start thinking about protecting your watercraft.

The time and effort will be well spent in protecting your boat’s longevity and performance. And remember that your insurance policy may not cover lack of maintenance or neglect.

The best place for your boat in the winter is out of the water, under cover and in a climate-controlled storage area. If you don't have this option, consider shrink-wrapping your boat; it’s a bit expensive but very effective. If that’s not possible, make sure that your boat is well covered with a tarp or some other sturdy cover.

Your first step in winterizing should be making a checklist of all items that need to be accomplished. Check the owner's manual of both your boat and motor for manufacturer's recommendations on winterization. If you are a new boat owner, get the assistance of an experienced boating friend or hire a professional. Visit our directory for marinas and boat dealers who can help you winterize. Winterizing will include preparing the engine, fuel system, bilges, fresh water system, and cleaning both the interior and exterior. has a comprehensive list of tasks to complete here.


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