Boat Winterizing and Storage for Inboard/Outboards | Big Rideau Lake

Posted By Sean Horsfall On September 26, 2013


What does it take to winterize and store an inboard/outboard (I/O or sterndrive) bow rider for our Eastern Ontario winters? Good question and we are glad you asked. In fact, it's a common question when someone is considering storing this type of new or used boat.

Every marina will likely do it slightly differently (depending on training, experience, equipment, facilities, dry land vs. water based marina, etc.). Here are the steps we take at Len's Cove Marina on Big Rideau Lake:

  1. Lake test and assessment of all equipment. Any deficiencies/suggestions noted and communicated to you by email (anything repairs suggested are for your approval).  We do a complete walk around with you at your boat when you drop it off also and note your needs at that time.

  2. Haul out your boat, complete a hull pressure wash, chemical bath (acid), soap and water scrub, and rinse.

  3. Remove hull drain plugs.

  4. Fuel system stabilization (engine is run with stabilizer in the tank during lake test).

  5. Engine oil and filter changed (OEM approved parts only).

  6. Inspect other lubricants (power steering and power trim).

  7. Inspect all hoses, belts, connections.

  8. Block draining and antifreeze.

  9. Inspect bellows condition.

  10. Drain and re-fill lower unit lubricant.

  11. Check charge of and disconnect battery(s).

  12. Ensure boat is dry and tidy before storage, tag with name and notes about possible work necessary.

  13. Shrink wrap with ventilation (if this is the package chosen).

  14. Store inside or outside as selected in secure and protected yard/building. Monitor throughout the winter.

  15. Spring prep, install plugs (engine block and hull), install any hoses disconnected for winter, clean battery terminals and connect, inspect oils and lubricants.

  16. Launch, lake test, and verify equipment is working.

  17. Load on trailer or leave at dock for pick-up (as selected).

  18. "Courtesy/Spring Clean": wash down exterior, quick vacuum, wipe seats and clean windshield (detailed wash and wax service available in spring for extra charge)

  • Bonus #1: Earn AIRMILES® Reward Miles on your contract (service, and parts) and any winter work you elect to have completed. Also, if you are an existing Len's Cove Dockage and/or storage customer you can earn a referral bonus of extra AIRMILES® - ask us how!

  • Bonus #2: Take advantage of winter work for repairs, upgrades, preventative maintenance while you are not using your boat and be ready for spring. We keep our technicians on all winter long.

That's about it! Throw in an incredible staff who cares about your boat, great training, the right equipment, proper insurance, and the vision to make your winterization and storage a great part of your boating story, and you'll be ready to roll next spring!


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