Checklist for Winterizing Your Boat

It's that time of year where boating at the Lake of the Ozarks drops off as summer is almost over. It's time to start thinking about winterizing your boat properly. You won't want to avoid taking the time to winterize your boat because it could cost you big time next year when you go to take your boat out for the season. It is best to invest the time now rather than investing big money in your frozen motor come spring. Not sure where to start? Your favorite boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a handy checklist for winterizing your boat.


1) The Fuel System

It is important that you properly winterize your fuel system. Add a fuel stabilizer to the tank. Every boat is different, so be sure to use the factory recommended winterizing solution. Always check for leaks and issues and lubricate the fuel pump as well as the injection system.

2) Oil Change and Filter

After a summer full of boating fun, be sure to change the oil and filters. Storing your boat with fresh oil to help prevent condensation.

3) Drain Water

You should drain all the water throughout the entire boat. Don't forget to drain water from:
  • Engine block 
  • Exhaust system 
  • Sea-pump
  • Hoses 
  • Coolers 
You should run your boat's engine hooked up to an antifreeze pump. Pumping antifreeze throughout your boat will eliminate trapped air in the water system. You will want to make sure all water is out of the system because water can be a freezing hazard during the cold winter months.

4) Disconnect Your Boat Batteries

Disconnecting your battery can help prevent corrosion and prolong the life of your battery. This will also help to have a quick start when you get your boat out for the first time in the spring.

5) Anti-corrosion Solution

Spraying an anti-corrosion solution on the engine and outdrive will help preserve the paint and prepare the system for winter. You want your boat to remain in tip-top condition so taking the time for preventive maintenance is important.

6) Storing Your Boat 

It is important that your boat does not sit in the water all winter. Storing your boat properly is essential in the winterization process. Having a quality boat lift is a great way to store your boat. When you install a boat lift as your winterization method, you can have peace of mind that your boat is protected! A boat lift will protect your boat from being in the water all winter and you won't have to worry about storing it anywhere but right at your dock. Our company One Source Source Services is an authorized retailer for HydroHoist Boat Lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks! Give us a call and we can get one installed before winter. In addition to a great boat lift, having a cover for your boat will give you even more protection for your watercraft.



Investing the time and money into properly winterization is crucial for prolonging the life of your watercraft. Follow this handy checklist for winterizing your boat and enjoy your watercraft for years to come! If you are one of the lucky ones who still get to get your boat out during the fall months, be sure to save this handy checklist for closer to winter! One Source Services is your one source solution for building your lake lifestyle! Visit our website and learn about the vast amount of services we provide to aid your lake lifestyle!

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