Winter is coming fast, so what are you going to do with your pontoon boat? Will you store it somewhere for a fee or will you keep it safe at home?
You know you need to have your pontoon boat prepared for the months you will not be able to use it. You do not want to come back to your boat in the spring to find that mice have been all over your pontoon – or even an infestation of insects!
Carefully prepare your pontoon at the end of the boating season to ease all your wildlife worries – and make it easy to uncover your boat when you are ready.
If you are someone who prefers to do it all yourself, this article is for you.
There is no need to pay high fees to store your boat in a storage facility when you have all you need to store your boat at home.
From pontoon storage blocks to homemade boat stands, read on for all the pontoon boat storage ideas and information you need this winter.
Correctly Storing Your Pontoon Boat Through Winter
If you choose to store your pontoon boat at home, invest in making sure it is stored safely.
Be aware that the curves of boats can cause them to slide if it is not stored on the proper equipment.
A safe option for you is to invest in pontoon storage blocks. Often very lightweight and strong, pontoon boat storage blocks are specifically designed for the curvature of a pontoon, which guarantees that you will be able to safely store your boat this way.
Find some storage blocks that boast a maximum possible grip on ground surfaces, so your boat doesn’t shift on the ground. Pre-drilled holes will also help you easily store a pontoon yourself – you can quickly and easily fasten the boat to the storage blocks.
You can also try to build your own boat stand following resources and guides online. Keep in mind that whatever stand you build will need to hold your boat’s weight and maintain stability throughout winter.
Caring for Your Pontoon’s Engine in Winter
In preparing your boat for its winter hibernation, take special care of your engine and battery to ease the strain on yourself in spring.
With the proper care of your pontoon boat’s engine, you will incur fewer maintenance costs and be able to get back on the water sooner.
To care for your engine in winter preparation, there are several steps to follow.
Try to complete all of these before storing your boat. Doing so will be in your boat’s best interest and will prolong its smooth, exciting boating adventures.
When you begin winterization of your pontoon, start by filling the gas tank to the ¾ mark, if not completely full. This will prohibit gas freezing in your tank over winter. Continue giving your boat routine engine care by changing and replacing its oil filters.
Drain the engine coolant, replacing it with non-toxic antifreeze.
Remove any water from the engine that could freeze over winter, and then replace the pontoon’s spark plugs (but don’t connect the wires over winter).
You should also spray fogging oil into the engine’s carburetor and spark plug holes to further protect the engine’s exterior.
Finally, remove your pontoon boat’s battery. Make sure it is fully charged, and store it somewhere cool. Prevent the battery from draining energy by sometimes topping the charge off.
Final Steps in Pontoon Storage Preparation
Finally, take care of the inside of your boat where you and your passengers sit. Remove any clothing items, like life vests or towels, and take care to remove your fishing equipment.
Store electrical equipment separately from your boat to prevent damage.
Protect your boat from mildew and rust before you cover the pontoon. Make sure the entire boat is dry before applying your cover to prevent mold from growing in the dark, cold spaces.
Always cover your boat for winter, no matter where you are keeping it. It is very important to protect the interior of your pontoon from moisture throughout the winter, so make sure your cover is snug. It should also be strong enough to prevent water from breaking through.
And Now, Relax During Winter
The best way to prolong the life of all your possessions is to take care of them, and your boat is no different.
With the winterization of your pontoon boat out of the way, you can happily relax knowing your boat’s exterior and interior are properly cared for.
Give yourself a little congratulations on a fun boating season and meticulous winter preparations!