End-season boat checklist

Time to pack the boat up for the winter? Use this checklist to make sure it will be in tip top shape when you are ready to get back out on the water next season.
Remember – every boat and situation is different, so it’s important to consider whether you need to perform any additional checks.

  • Service your boat at a marine service centre
  • Save money on your insurance by adding lay up when you renew with Club Marine. Terms and conditions apply
  • Check for mould and rot and clean if needed
  • Leave bunk mattresses upright and locker doors ajar
  • Empty cupboards and storage spaces
  • Take everything home and wash, repair, or replace it
  • Flush the head and sinks with fresh water
  • Clean the boat and remove any organic material and water
  • Wash down live bait tanks and fishing equipment
  • Rinse the anchor and chain
  • Hose out scuppers and cockpit drains
  • Drain the water and waste tanks
  • Check for signs of corrosion
  • Charge and maintain the batteries
  • Top up the fuel tank and consider adding a marine fuel stabiliser
  • Park trailer boats away from trees and keep the cover tight
  • Check the pressure in the trailer tyres and check that the lug nuts on the wheels are secure

  • Check all automatic pumps are working and have sufficient battery or onshore power
  • Check the bilge pumps and their hoses, connections, and wiring
  • Close off the seacocks and dry the sumps
  • Check all lines and the integrity of cleats, fairleads, winches, and all tie-up points that are under load
  • Remove biminis, dodgers and clears to prevent storm damage
  • Take down furling sails and sails off booms
  • Remove any electronics and equipment exposed to weather

  • Flush the motor
  • Wash and dry with a chamois
  • Take the seat off, open storage containers and remove everything. Wash, repair, or replace as necessary
  • Put seat back on a resting block or foam so air can flow
  • Lubricate all engine components with anti-corrosion spray
  • Charge the battery for 24 hours
  • Top up the fuel tank and consider adding a marine fuel stabiliser
  • Check trailer tyre pressures and wheel lug nuts are secure
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