How to Store Protect Marine Electronics in the Off-Season

  • The leaves are falling and winter is coming and it is time to pack up the boating tools and heck back inland. So what you do with those really sensitive Marine Electronics you have spent so many bucks on this boating season? Here're some key pointers to make sure that fire up without a hitch next spring.

    Key points To Follow:

    • First Things First

    If you store your boat on the dry place it is fine idea to eliminate the battery, otherwise you can leave the battery in the boat. Ensure the battery is completely charged before you eliminate it and bring it out once in a while across the winter periods to check the water level and enhance the charge if required.

    • Removing Marine Electronics Components

    After taking care of the battery you'll want to decide whether to eliminate any sensitive or costly Marine Electronics components. There're advantages and disadvantages to doing this. This equipment can be sensitive to cold and freezing temps so it's finest to store it in a dry area where temperatures do not drop or climb dramatically during the winter term. Inside, your home is a fine place as any. If possible wrap any exposed circuitry in an anti-static material and wrap it completely in the soft cloth for safety. Storing your Marine Electronics for the winter also protects them against theft - after all a few of these devices are not inexpensive. This is simple enough to do if the Marine Electronics are not dashboard mounted.

    • Dashboard Mounted Marine Electronics

    For dashboard-mounted equipment, if it's simple enough to unscrew a piece of tools and store it for the winter, that'd be the finest thing to do (place mounting screw and hardware in a plastic zip-top bag and tape it to the equipment so you've the correct mounting hardware useful when you reinstall the device.

    If your Marine Electronics dashboard mountings are complex or wired together in a way that'd be difficult to keep in mind, it might be great to leave them installed. In this case, check any lose cables, make sure every connector are perfectly inserted and clean any traces of debris and salt from exposed surfaces.

    At Anchor express, we recommend covering the Marine Electronics with a soft cloth. If you need waterproof them or secure them against the elements, do not wrap them directly in since consideration can build up on the inside and harm the Marine Electronics. It's better to wrap it first in soft and absorbent cloth and then cover the cloth with waterproofing plastic and tape it down.

    • In the Spring

    Before powering up these, check for loose connections and clean off any parts that have been exposed to elements. Then power on 1 device at a time and verify it's a fine working condition. Taking care of your Marine Electronics in the off-season time will make sure you get long life and complete functionality from the equipment for several years.

    Rob Quint is author of this article on Marine Electronics. Find more information about GPS.