Ready to winterize your boat? Here are some tips

Oct 20, 2021

Keep it safe and snug in winter … Scenes like this may or may not be repeated around the shores of GRDA lakes this winter, but for those who may already be preparing for a season off the water, GRDA is passing along some important information on winterizing a boat.

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While the waters of Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir can be inviting and scenic all year-round, we realize it is getting closer to that time of year when many avid boaters are putting their vessels away for the upcoming winter months. If that is your plan in the weeks ahead, here are a few tips to keep in mind, courtesy of the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department:

First, make sure it is cleaned. Remove all the stains and the dirt, give it a fresh coat of wax to help preserve it and make sure the bilges are clean and completely dry. Next season, when you hit the water, you will be glad you took these extra steps.

Next, inspect everything. Check for damages to the propeller, to the wiring, the lights, etc. Are there any loose or broken pieces? Take care of that now, instead of letting them set all winter. While you’re at it, it’s also a good idea to inspect your boat trailer as well.

It’s also important to maintain it. Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations for winterization of the boat motor and vessel. This will likely mean replacing spark plugs, changing oil and filters, topping off fuel tanks and adding stabilizers, removing hoses and other details that will help protect this valuable asset until that grand day when you can get back out on the lake again.

Finally, protect it and secure it. Use a high-quality cover that allows for some airflow but prevents UV rays from beating down on the boat’s surface. Protect it from the elements. Then, make sure you have removed all the valuables from the boat and the dock. Motion activated lights and security cameras might be a good investment too, depending on where you are storing your boat. It’s also a good idea to photograph everything once it is buttoned up for the winter, so you have a record of how you left it.

Need help? Contact a marina or boat dealer for professional winterization work on your vessel.

Your friends at GRDA want you to enjoy your boat and your time on the water. Keep these tips in mind to help make that possible.

GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: employees, electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, and efficiency.