Tips for vessel hibernation

By RSYS Waterfront Manager Ned Brown

Here is a useful check-list if you are concerned about your boat's wellbeing during the period ahead.

Check all mooring lines are secured properly. Consider setting up a back-up line from the mooring loop to a cabin or cockpit winch.

Ensure all sea-cocks and thru-hull fittings are closed. Ensure hoses and drains have been cleared.

Make sure battery switches are turned to the OFF position, and that battery terminals are clean and connections are not loose. If you have a solar charging system, make sure connections are in good condition and batteries are receiving charge. If you don’t have a solar system, solar “trickle chargers” are an affordable way to help keep your batteries topped up. They can be placed on your vessel and connected to your batteries via alligator clips. These are available from Whitworths and other marine outlets.

Check bilge pumps and float switches are in good working order. Check pumps on both manual and automatic settings.

If you have hard antifoul applied to your vessel’s hull (Ultra 2, VC Offshore, Vivid), you may want to contact a hull diver to wipe down the hull every 4-6 weeks. Most hull divers will be available through the lockdown.

Ablative antifouls (Micron Extra, Altex no.5 and Altex no.5 Plus) should require little maintenance, so long as your vessel has been antifouled in the last 12 months.

If you’re unsure what type of antifoul is on your vessel, contact us and we can assist.

Propspeed is a great product for your vessel’s running gear but requires regular use for maximum performance. Propspeed is not designed to sit stagnant or be scraped or scrubbed by a diver. If possible, you can put your engine into forward and reverse a few times every 2-4 weeks. This will throw off any growth that might begin to accumulate on your propeller.

Check hoses for signs of deterioration.

If possible fill diesel vessels with fuel. The more oxygen present in your fuel tank, the higher the likelihood of your tank developing diesel bug, which can cause complications in the future. There are diesel additives that can help prevent diesel bug.

Ensure anodes are present. If anodes are needed, contact us ASAP so that we can organise.

Remove all food items, bottles and cans containing liquids, bedding and clothes.

Clean fridges and freezers, leave doors propped open.


The RSYS Waterfront team are on hand to assist Members in any way.
Please call Ned or Louise in the office on 9017 0161 or email