For the owners of caravans and static holiday
homes, winterising is an essential part of the annual maintenance plan.
So it should be for canal boat owners. In reality, it is a much overlooked task which every year, if neglected, leads to problems for many owners. Even those of us who live aboard will need to modify our use of our boats and especially so if we are hooked up to comfortable marina
power and don't have the need to run our engines periodically.
The last couple of winters have been harsh. If we've not had deep snow and thick ice then we've had to contend with high water levels and flooding in many areas. Both environmental extremes can be damaging to our investments but there are steps we can take to minimise risk.
It is worth checking your insurance policy to ensure you are covered for frost damage as this isn't standard on all policies. If you are covered, insurance policies normally insist 'machinery is winterised according to manufacturers' recommendations'.
Take time from your schedule to plan these tasks before the weather sets in. Those of you who have to travel distance to your mooring
will have a bit more thinking to do when arranging the tasks but a bit of time here can save a whole heap of grief at the start of the new season. If you are a member of a syndicate, check that winterising is done as part of your plan. At the very least try to have someone close to the mooring
take responsibility for regular checks during any particularly bad weather. This may be a live-aboard neighbour or the marina
We can split the winter tasks into easy chunks: