de-winterizing sailboat

Now that spring has officially arrived and the snow is beginning to melt (thank god), we’re all starting to see those summer evenings on the water on the horizon!

Although it’s still a little ways away, those of us who are eager can finally start prepping our boats for launching. De-winterization can be process but it’s important to have a checklist to ensure that you don’t forget any important items like putting your bilge plug in! Take advantage of the boat being out of water to check everything over. Once it’s in, it can be harder to get work done on it.

Here’s what we’ve put together:


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  • Make sure all drains are clear of leaves / offseason grime.
  • Put all bilge plugs are in and triple check that they are secure prior to launch.
  • Check registration to make sure it’s current.
  • Conduct a thorough inspection of the hull looking for cracks / abrasions.
  • Check ground tackle, lines, fenders, etc.
  • Inspect hoses and belts around motor for cracks and splits.
  • Check oil levels, battery life and spark plugs.
  • Clean out water tank.
  • Make sure all safety gear is in order and up to date.
  • Be sure to recycle all shrinkwrap


  • Give a general inspection on condition and wear.
  • Check battens and batten pockets.
  • Inspect bolt rope.


  • Inspect mast and spreaders for corrosion / damage.
  • Inspect spreader boots and shrouds.
  • Check all rivets and screws for corrosion.
  • Clean the sail track of all offseason grime.
  • Make sure forestay and backstay connections are secure.
  • Inspect all halyards
  • Make sure all wiring throughout the mast is operational.

Good luck and we wish everyone a safe and fun boating season!