Part I – Main Machinery & Associated Equipment
Please check your engine operator’s manual for additional checks.
Part II – Auxiliary, Domestic & Hotel Systems
Part I - Main Engine
|Action to be taken
|Drain fuel tank of water and sediment.
|Fill fuel tank to the top, whilst adding a biocide.
|Check fuel filler cap is screwed down tightly.
|Change engine oil and filters.
|Check coolant anti-freeze is at the correct freezing point, your boatyard should have a freezing point test tool that you can use.
|If engine is raw water cooled – substitute an anti-freeze mix into the suction side of the seawater pump, shut sea water cock whilst drawing a suction from a bucket of anti-freeze mix – when the exhaust cooling water exits the same colour as the anti-freeze mix, is a good indication that there is sufficient anti-freeze in the system.
|It is recommended that the sea water pump impeller be removed.
|Disconnect batteries – not necessary if on shore power or solar panel charging, switch battery controller to ‘Batteries Only’, for the duration.
|Put rags or a plug up the exhaust pipe.
|Clean inside the air filter, block with a rag.
|Clean the bilge area under and around the engine.
|Check all electrical connections, spray with WD40.
|Shut the main engine seacock, attach a sign to the starting panel "Seacock Shut".
|Gearbox Associated Systems
|Auxiliary, Domestic and Hotel Systems
|Equipment that uses batteries, remove all small batteries (AA,AAA), draw up a list.
|Central heating systems – check freezing level temperature, add anti-freeze if necessary.
|Bunks and beds – lift up mattresses, allow air to circulate.
|Check gas bottles are disconnected.
|Pour anti-freeze down toilets, showers and pump out.
|Check all shower, toilet overboard discharges plus toilet inlet sea cocks are shut, stick a label on the toilet seat to this effect.
|Pour anti-freeze down sinks to fill ‘U’ bends.
|Check all bilges are dry.
|Winterise generator, shut sea cock, allow generator to take suction from a bucket of anti-freeze. Hang a sign on the generator starting switch – ‘Seacock Shut’.
|Drain down calorifier and fresh-water system, if able to do so.
|Check all tins, packets of food and beer to be left on board – will they be in date next year.
|Clean fridges, leave doors open.
|Spray WD40 around instrument panels.
|Take down biminis – clean, loosely roll up.
|Take down flags, burgees, and pennants.
|Remove all loose items from the upper deck, stow inside, check all hatches and lockers are locked.
|Switch to ‘off’ all battery master switches. Check your emergency bilge pump(s) indicator light is on.
|Check boat is tied up correctly, warps and springs are secure for the winter, double up if necessary.
|Check sufficient slack on the shore cable, both end connecting plugs are secure.
|Take water and electric readings.
|Pack charts, cartes and cruising books - to plan next year’s cruise.
|Check marina office has a key to your boat.