Aluminum Fishing Boats Equipment and Save Money. Winter has come and it is time to secure your Aluminum Fishing Boats at the marina or pull it out and take it home or park on a hardstand.
What are you going to do? Your next seasons fun starts at winterization.
Do it right and you get afloat or out of the marina fast. Do it wrong and it will cost you a lot of money. Proper winterization means minimal effort in the spring when it’s time to go fishing again.
Where you have your home hot water system located in a closet, I would suggest storing the electronics on the shelf above the hot water system where it is warm all the time. You can also place the gear in zip-lock plastic bags with a dessicant crystal sachet. This is a lot better than leaving them aboard your Aluminum Fishing Boats either at home or at the marina
Equipment Manuals - Remove off the boat to a warm place and when dry store in a plastic ziplock bag. Read through during the winter
Trolling Motor - Remove, clean, dry and store inside in a warm place. Wrap connectors and foot switches in plastic and tape up. Tape over any power supply sockets
Outboard Engine - After completing mechanical tasks, check and dry wiring, check and tighten connections. Apply Boeshield-19 or WD40. Make sure your Aluminum Fishing Boats Equipment actually works when you want it to
Trim Tabs - Clean and wrap the trim tabs in plastic. Check oil reservoir is full. Apply WD40 if required. If the boat stays tied up in your marina slip, then close up rams, or coat same with grease.
Electric Downriggers Remove, clean and dry and store inside in a warm place. Wrap connectors in plastic and tape up
Batteries - Remove to a warm location, clean, dry, and fully charge. Check and charge monthly. You may need a marina trolley to cart them to your vehicle, but worth the effort
Battery Cables - Clean and wrap ends in plastic bag
Switches/Fuses - Wrap exposed switches and panels with plastic. Remove each fuse and place in ziplock bag.
GPS - Remove inside to warm place. Wrap connectors in plastic and tape up
VHF Radios - Remove inside to warm place. Remove radio aerial if possible and store inside, wrap connectors in plastic and tape up. Check license expiry dates and renew
Handheld Radios (VHF) - Remove radios to a warm place. Charge batteries. Recharge batteries monthly
Sounders & Fishfinders - Remove inside to a warm place. Wrap connectors in plastic and tape up
Lights - Check they are dry, and wrap each in plastic and tape up.
Electrical Wiring & Connections - Check and tighten and apply Boeshield-19 or WD40 to exposed terminal blocks. Cover terminals where possible
Radar - Remove, clean and dry and store inside in a warm place. Wrap scanner unit with plastic. Wrap connectors in plastic
Autopilot - Remove, clean and dry and store inside in a warm place. Wrap connectors in plastic. If possible remove actuators, or spray with WD40 and cover. Remove or wrap fluxgate compass
Bilge Pumps - Remove all bilge water and ensure dry to prevent freezing. Apply WD40 to impeller shaft area and float switch to reduce corrosion. Wrap float switches with plastic. If you stay at the marina and leave all connected and running in auto make sure the bilges are clean of oil so the marina doesn't get oil pumped overboard.
Bait Pumps & Aerators - Remove all tank water and ensure dry to prevent freezing. Apply WD40 to impeller shaft area to reduce corrosion. Make sure all water is drained out to prevent freezing.
Water System - Drain down water system. Remove and clean filters and strainers
Boat Trailer - Check all lights are functioning, wrap in plastic. Wrap vehicle connection plug in plastic. Lubricate rollers, apply WD40 as required to all moving parts
Safety Equipment - Remove life preservers, flares and safety equipment to a warm place. Check flare expiry dates. Wrap magnetic compass in plastic. Remove flashlight batteries. Aluminum Fishing Boats Equipment and Save Money