‘Winterizing’ Your Propeller

If, like many boaters, you ‘winterize’ your boat over the colder months of the year, there are a few things you can do to help protect and maintain the quality of your propeller. As you’re probably aware, getting ready to store your boat for winter is also an excellent time to conduct some more regular maintenance of your vessel, so we’ve included some propeller-orientated tips on that subject too.

If you’re fortunate enough to have somewhere to store your boat over the winter (or if it never gets cold enough where you live to worry), good for you. However, regular maintenance is still important, so don’t go patting yourself on the back just yet!

Start Cleaning – one of the best things you can do to prevent damage to your boat over the winter months is to clean it thoroughly, inside and out. This includes the propeller and propeller shaft. You’ll want to disconnect the prop to do this properly.

Now Protect – If you leave your boat for a few months unused, it’s at risk of corrosion from any water that’s in contact with it, from the air and from any other gases or liquids in close proximity. After you’ve cleaned the propeller and shaft, it’s a good idea to rub it down with some water resistant grease.

Time To Cover Up – In extreme conditions, you might want to go as far as shrink-wrapping your boat. This will ensure it’s protected from any risk of oxidation. Home shrink-wrapping kits are available, but you can also ask an expert to oblige. If you don’t want to appeal to these measures, simply covering your boat should suffice.

If you notice any damage to your boat’s propeller blades, nicks or wear, or even bent blades, the winter months are a good time to make repairs. Here are a few tips on what to do if you need to look into propeller repair.

If that sounds like too much hard work, just remember that most insurance policies don’t cover damage caused by lack of maintenance or neglect of any kind- so knuckle down and get on it!

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