Helpful Tips on Haul Out & Storage

Waukegan powerwash 2017


If you are like most boaters you probably have haul out and storage on your mind. Here’s a few mindful tips to help you sail through this process as smooth as possible!




  • RUN boat before you put it away for storage – this will give you an idea of what needs to be fixed before winterizing
  • MAKE SURE all running gear is aligned and functioning properly BEFORE lifting out
  • FILL tanks with fuel to prevent condensation
  • REMOVE drain plug and clean strainers
  • WASH down boat, scrub decks and hull to remove any build up over the boating season
  • OPEN and drain sea-cocks
  • ROLL UP the cockpit carpeting and remove any items blocking access to the engine room for the technicians – they will appreciate it!
  • DO NOT leave any items on the seats over winter as they can stain or leave indentations in the material
  • FLUSH heads several times with clean water to prevent waste from pooling in the hoses and permeating a smell over the winter
  • CLEAN interior and double check all refrigerator and lockers
  • RAISE bow to efficiently dry out boat before storing to prevent moisture and mildew
  • INSPECT anchor, chain, through hull fittings and cracks or blisters in hull
  • CHECK engines, props, and shafts for any damage
  • WINTERIZE your boat by changing oil, antifreeze, fogging out engine, removing drive belts, greasing joints and bearings, and disconnecting your battery
  • REPLACE worn bearings, corroded fittings, and zincs
  • CLEAN ground plates
  • TEST and lubricate sea-cocks
  • PREP hull for bottom paint




LASTLY make sure to wax or detail boat before storing to help prevent it from rust and corrosion!