Your Pontoon Boat is an important investment so make sure it weathers the winter season well and is ready for those family rides come spring. Many of us have experienced that sinking feeling when we realize we haven’t properly stored the boat and now it is in need of repair. So, do a little preventative maintenance to keep your pontoon boat “ship-shape”.
First lower your Bimini top, zip the Bimini boot on and slide the top back. This allows the boat cover to fit properly.
Clean the interior well, being careful to remove drinks and food that will stain the carpet and upholstery and attract pests.
Remove any damp items that will produce mildew. And store dry life vests under seats.
Find a pontoon boat cover that fits your boat well. A fitted cover will keep mice and other animals from living in your boat and will keep liquid from pooling. To avoid mold and mildew your pontoon cover fabric should be breathable, not waterproof. If the fabric is waterproof condensation will gather under the cover causing mildew and rust. Choose the weight of fabric that best suits your needs, whether indoor or outdoor storage.
Lastly, store boat up and out of the water, to prevent rust to the pontoon tubes and ice from forming around the boat.
Go beyond the basics, check out our step by step guide to winterizing your Pontoon boat.
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