We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer of boating, but it’s time to think about winter servicing and winterisation.
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Poole 01202 677387 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portsmouth 02392 201171 email@example.com
Southampton 02380 710371 firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter service is essential to the long term health of a marine engine no matter what size or type or how much use it has had. During use the oil absorbs contaminants and condensation from the combustion process and the harsh environment in which it operates. An oil and filter change is the minimum service you should be considering and the best time to do this is before the winter layup. Leaving contaminated oil in the engine over the winter will lead to greater wear and tear and reduced engine life. Combining an end of season service with winterisation is the best care you can give your engine to maintain reliability and the value of your investment.
If you also book your re-commissioning at the same time you can be sure your boat is up and running when you want it at the start on next season.
Keep them full to stop condensation.
Prevent them from freezing or degenerating by keeping them charged.
Disconnect water pumps and drain them. Any water left in the pipes could freeze and cause splits.
Remove them wherever possible to prevent damp and mould.
Double up and add any additional storm lines you may have.
In some berths, it could be advantageous to berth your boat bows in to the prevailing wind.
Keep your boat covered and visit it from time to time to turn over the engine, charge the batteries and inspect.