[Sentoa] Winter Storage

Herb Nickles captain at allhandsandthecook.com
Thu Oct 28 12:06:39 EDT 2004


With our 37, we have been alternating storage "on the hard" with wet 
storage every other year.  Snorri is berthed in Narragansett Bay in 
Wickford Cove which is completely surrounded by land--essentially a 
hurricane hole, i.e., she is well protected.  In two winters of wet 
storage (2001 and 2003), we haven't had a single problem even though 
the cove froze solid last year.  The marina runs bubblers to keep ice 
from forming around the hull.  She is winterized the same as being on 
the hard including shrink wrapping.  We haul her in the spring for a 
"short haul" to clean the bottom, touch up any bottom paint, and 
replace zincs.   This ends up saving us around $500 and gets us off to 
a very early start in the Spring.  All we have to do is pull the shrink 
wrap off, open the seacocks, and fill the water tank--no waiting for 
the yard to launch her.

We always do oil and oil filter changes for both the engine and genset 
and top off the diesel when we winterize.  In the spring we replace the 
primary fuel filters but only replace the Racor filters based on total 
hours of use.  When on the hard we have no ability to charge the 
batteries.  I've never removed any and never had a problem.  When she 
is stored wet we keep the shore power connected and the batteries 
charged.  We repainted the bottom, using the same paint as the factory, 
after her second season.  Since then, an annual touch up has been 

Don't forget to winterize all of the systems on the 37:  hot and cold 
water; shower, sump, and pump; head, holding tank, and macerator; 
windshield washers; deck washdown pump; cockpit shower; and air 
conditioners.  Other things we do (prior to winterizing):  pump out the 
holding tank; wash the refrigerator and freezer well and leave the 
doors open; charge all the batteries; drain the fresh and hot water 
tanks, remove water filter; turn off propane; remove all food and any 
maintenance supplies that could freeze; remove computers (but not nav 
electronics); remove bedding; and lower cargo mast and all antennae 
before shrink wrapping.  We usually store our dinghy on the boat deck 
under the shrink wrap.  We winterize the outboard and store in indoor 
storage.  I'm sure I missed something.....

Whew, this is a lot of work.  It would be much easier to head South!

Herb Nickles
SNORRI, NT 37-049

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