Preparing the vessel for winter

Preparing the vessel for winter

Once the summer is over and pleasant cruises come to an end, vessels need to be prepared for the winter, properly preserved and protected in order to avoid any oversights that might cause physical or financial damage.

In order to ensure safe navigation of your vessels and be free from any related concerns, Marina Trogir offers you plenty of useful advice and services which will keep your vessel and all of its parts in good order and safe throughout the year.

Sea Berth and Dry Berth

During the winter months, it is best to leave the vessel at sea or in a dry berth and cover it with heat-shrink film.


The engine is an important part of a vessel and it needs to be especially taken care of and serviced in order to preserve it. In that sense, it is advisable to:

service the gearshift; replace the motor oil and gearshift oil, oil filter and fuel filter; check the sparkplugs; grease the rotating parts with an appropriate anticorrosive grease; and add the appropriate additives for diesel/petrol;


If, at the beginning of the season, the cargo hold gives off unpleasant odours, rinse the surfaces with fresh water followed by diluted vinegar. If you place a container with diluted vinegar in the central part of the vessel, all the odours will be absorbed. Place charcoal into rarely opened shelves in order to neutralise bad odours and, after washing the vessels wallpapers, refresh them with cosmetic powder, which you will leave on for several hours before vacuuming it. Air dehumidifiers must be placed in the ship.

Tanks must be drained and disinfected, and at the beginning of the new season, half-filled and drained by opening all the taps. If the water tastes good after the second filling, there is no need to repeat the procedure.

The fenders must be polished and protected while the vessel is ashore.

The underwater part of the hull must be regularly maintained, dirt must be removed from it, it must be grounded, protected by coatings, and the zinc anodes must be replaced.


Returning the equipment on board after the winter break should begin from the mast. Faulty cords need to be replaced and those that have hardened need to be softened in a solution containing half a glass of softener and ten litres of water, rinsed out and dried.

Covers and pillows need to be washed in warm water and the zippers that got stuck need to be coated with vaseline.

The windlasses must be checked and the quantity of grease on them must be regularly controlled, as well as the oil level in the electric windlasses. If the anchor cable is corroded, it must be replaced.