Winterizing is more than just freeze protecting your boat. It is also preparing your boat for an extended period of non-use. Texas winters are unpredictable. You can have a mild 70° afternoon followed by a hard freeze within a day or two. Even though last winter was pretty mild, there was still one afternoon when we were trying to drain boats that had covers full of ice and engine lids that were literally frozen shut.
There was less than 24 hours warning before that freeze. The previous season we had numerous boats that were damaged due to freezing temperatures that could have been prevented. Even if it doesn’t freeze, winterizing your boat can prevent many problems in the spring such as a flooding carburetor, a stuck fuel injector, a dead battery or gallons of fuel going bad.
These are just samples of problems you can encounter in the springtime if your boat wasn’t prepared for storage. Most of these problems cost much more to fix than simply winterizing the boat.