Preparing your boat well for winter only has advantages. On the one hand, you will have a calm mind, you will sweat less after a slightly stormy weather report. On the other hand, your expenses will be fine. Indeed, a boat in good condition costs less throughout the year. Also, a boat in good condition with an up-to-date maintenance book will smell: it sells easier and at a good price.
So how to overwinter your boat properly? And how much does that cost?
There is no perfect formula but one for each type of boat (prices are usually per linear meter) and especially one for each use. It is totally different if you are going to be there from time to time, maybe going out to sea in good weather, or if you are not going to be on board all winter. Therefore, we must ask ourselves the right questions.
Note: in this article we focus on motor boats. Sailing boats require other elements such as sails, winch ...
Let's shut down the water and motor systems?
For security reasons, because you won't be back for a long time, because you don't want to contact a nautical agency… You have decided to close the systems for the winter. It consists of pausing the fresh water network, black water, the electrical circuit and of course the motor (s). You could perform some of these steps yourself, although we recommend going through a professional. To shut down the engine system (s), you must: desalinate the system, change the oil, filters, anodes and stop the engine with storage oil. For transmissions: change the oil, grease and change the anodes. Clean everything with water and a suitable cleaning agent and protect against corrosion. Depending on whether it is an outboard or inboard motor, the maintenance will be different and this is a key step. We wouldn't be honest if we gave you a quote. It all depends on the make of the engine, the power ... Send us a message indicating your boat and its motorization, we will contact you as soon as possible. Without obligation.
Closing the systems is not mandatory, and with regular maintenance and overhaul it is possible to leave the boat in operation during the winter. In this case, there are no costs to consider. On the other hand, we recommend starting the systems once a month and carrying out regular checks. Leaving the systems open is usually a good option when you live close by, when you plan to go out to sea from time to time ... or in the case that a nautical agency takes care of your boat while you are away. If you want more information about our maintenance services and the Privilege Pack, Click here.
Afloat or dry, indoors or outdoors?
Wintering afloat is simply leaving the boat at its mooring. Simple, but beware, this is a decision that must be made with care. As we said in the case of not closing the circuits, if you decide to leave the boat afloat, it is highly recommended to monitor it and take some precautions. For example, you can double the ties. An effective solution against bad weather. Remember also to check the condition of the tarpaulins so that they do not break under the first gust of wind and the first drops of rain ... At this stage, imagining that you have the time and the desire to go to your boat regularly, there are no costs that add to the annual expenses of your boat that you already know: mooring, insurance, etc. An additional cost will have to be considered if you prefer to go through an external agency to monitor it for you. In Privilege Yacht we offer a preferential monthly rate. Contact us!
Dry, indoors or outdoors
Leaving your boat dry indoors or outdoors is the perfect solution to rest assured, if of course you don't plan to get on board for the whole winter. One of the points to keep in mind: antifouling is "mandatory". In contact with air, the antifouling properties are canceled and, therefore, you must redo it before putting the boat back in the water. It is for this reason that most of the time storage companies include this service in their package.
Prices are generally per linear meter. With a crane, hull cleaning package and antifouling, it costs around € 1.950 for a 10-meter unit and € 3.900 for a 15-meter outdoor unit. Indoors, protected from the elements (and not necessarily from dust), it counts a little more than half: € 3.000 for 10 meters, € 6.350 for 15 meters *. To be as protected as possible and even from dust, you can opt for the winter cover. Resistant, waterproof, anti-UV… there are different materials and different concepts. Let us know the dimensions of your boat and your material preferences so we can offer you the fairest price. Finally, in the case of putting your boat dry, it is necessary to close the circuits. Don't forget to include it in your calculations 😉
* Prices according to analysis carried out with dedicated companies.
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