How to get your boat ready for winter | Rayglass

Getting your boat ready for winter? Use our handy checklist

The weather is getting colder and the water’s getting a little less inviting. If you’re thinking of packing it in for the season, or just deciding to take a short break, it’s time to get your boat in to shape for winter until spring rolls around again. 

This checklist will help you get started.


Wax and polish fibreglass/wood/stainless steel.

Check the windows and hatches are caulked and clean.

Empty the waste holding tank and rinse thoroughly with fresh water or flush the toilet with freshwater.

Drain and clean the bilge.

Clean out the fridge, freezer and bait storage.

Wash thoroughly with fresh water to remove salt.

Wash/vacuum decks and carpets.

Through washdown of trailer with fresh water to avoid corrosion.


Check water hoses and hose clamps for signs of wear.

Clean out all storage compartments.

Turn off all gas valves at the cylinder.

Check for any corrosion.


Flush with salt-away or a similar product.

Use rust-prevention spray on exposed parts of the motor.

Run fuel down to minimal levels before storing.


Disconnect the power.

Clean all electrical connections and terminals.

Inspect, check and repair external outlets.

If you’re too busy to sort your boat out yourself drop into the Rayglass service centre in Mt Wellington. We do so much more than just routine maintenance, and winter is the perfect time to get it all done. Our services include:

  • Full gel coat repairs.
  • Engine repowers.
  • Fibreglass repairs. 
  • Cut and polish graphics. 
  • Full electronic packages. 
  • Petrol to diesel conversions. 
  • New inboards and outboards. 
  • Dash panel extensions. 
  • Customisation. 
  • Insurance repairs.
  • Trailer repairs.
  • And much more.

Get in touch soon to book in your service, or for more advice on getting your boat ready for winter.

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