Hey boater—yes friend, we're talking to you—if you're about to winterize your boat, we certainly hope you've read How to Winterize a Boat: Prepping for Hibernation. We gathered expert input from far and near to put this all-encompassing article together, and it'll walk you through winterizing everything from the bilges to the batteries. What it doesn't cover, however, is this one big outboard engine winterizing blunder. Whatever you do this fall, make sure not to...


This is, of course, not the one and only mistake people make when winterizing a boat. That's why we also published Five Winter Disasters: Don't Let This Happen to Your Boat! a while back. And if you look through that How To Winterize article closely, you'll find links taking you to many in-depth, detailed articles about specific winterizing chores.

The bottom line? For many of us, our boat is more than a mere possession, it's our pride and joy. It also cost a heck of a lot of our hard-earned income. So when a chill hits the air, we want to make 100-percent sure that our boats stay safe and snug until spring. We hope these articles and videos will help make it happen—and we hope that boating season returns before you know it.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.