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by Angler Marty (subscribe)
I am a Sydney sider that is very passionate about fishing and boating. I also run a website which i strive to help educate and pass on my knowledge to like minded people.
Published May 29th 2014
Most boat owners don't wish to brave the elements and get out on the water during the winter months but rather snuggle up next to the heater drinking a hot cuppa and forget all about their boat.

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It is important to make sure you have taken the right steps to protect your investment when storing your boat during the off season. If you follow these simple steps it will save you money and time when you need your boat next.

1. Check your Boat Insurance - Most Australian insurance companies offer 'Lay-Up' options when your boat is stored on a trailer for a nominated period. This option will save you on your yearly premiums, and your boat is still protected for fire, theft and vandalism but may not be covered for any damaged that have occurred on the water. However, if you want to use your boat in the lay-up make sure to contact your insurance company and advise them that you will be using it so you are covered.

2. Prepare your Boats Engine - You can get your marine mechanic to prepare your boat for long term storage or you can do the simple DIY approach and
Change the oil and filter in your engine.
If your boat uses Coolant - Drain the cooling system and fill with the antifreeze solution recommended by the manufacturer;
Otherwise flush out the engine with fresh tap water to rid the engine from salt residue.

3. Store your boat equipment indoors - Take anything that is removable and store them in a dry area indoors. (i.e. life jackets, seating cushions, ropes, etc)

4. Preserve your boats battery - It is advised to disconnect your battery and move it indoors and store in a dry location. Putting your battery on a trickily charge will extend the long term reliability and life of your battery and will ensure its ready when you need it next.

5. Cover your boat - If possible leave your boat stored indoors away from the elements, otherwise if not possible invest in a good boat cover and park in a well ventilated area. You can also if you wish lock your hatches, and leave the bung plugs off.

These simple steps will preserve the life of you boat and ensure your investment is protected.
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