Tips for winterizing your boat

Nov 17, 2020

Putting the boat away for the season? Even if we don’t see icy scenes like this around this lakes this winter, it is still a good idea to take a few important steps to winterize your boat until spring.

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

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

First of all, make sure it is cleaned. Remove all the stains and the dirt, give it a fresh coat of wax to help preserve it and also 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.

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

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. Also, 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 where you are storing your boat. Finally, it’s a good idea to photograph everything once it is buttoned up for the winter, so you have a record of how you left it.

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 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: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.