- "How to winterize" your Boat
Winterization Process is more than just taking care of the Favorite
Boat it's very important maintenance, this process can be a scene
once a year or multiple times(should be looked at as regular maintenance)
per year and It depends
how you use the boat and your location. If the first time winterize
your boat, set aside some extra time for the job.
If it is done professionally , very little work will be required
to get the vessel really ready for the salt or fresh water in the
Exp. Proper winterization More Extends the boat and engine life
by protecting its parts and components from bad corrosion, clogging
or freezing, and lying idle for long winter time.But makes all the
difference as to whether your vessel comes through the cold winter
months & cold season fit as the proverbial fiddle or demands
minor/major boat repairs in the spring.
How to Winterization. Winterization includes addressing the filters
and oil,hoses and belts.
Generator blocks(they can be cracked due to winter icing ), valves
and pistons, drive unit and engine, boat interior and exterior..or
boat outboard exterior care & maintenance.
If you keep your vessel or boat on a lift, it too needs both to
be ready for the
cold season. Removing boat covers, greasing fittings and pulleys
and repairing damage are all Important part of winterizing.
I well remember- ensure that the boat's fuel tank is full! If NOT
you run the risk of condensation (need to prevent condensation in
the tank) forming within the boat tank which can lead to clogging
and tank corrosion. In short, a lot can go wrong on a boat during
cold weather - Hot water boat tanks can burst. Also Winterization
Work is so Important.
The following aspects that we think is a helpful
to boat winterization.
See Guide to winterization:
At first Run the engine and Check the timing and basic motor operations.
The Second Step is: inspect or Drain the lower unit gear lube and
refill(while the old is still hot) with it manufacturer's recommended
Next Step is to preserve both the fuel tank and the fuel with add.fuel
for the upcoming seasons, winter and spring.Inspect the steering,throttle,
and shift boat cables for wear and binding and apply anti-corrosion(anti
rust lubricant) grease. Now Inspect the boat water pump housing,holes,
if necessary More to see pressure-check and lower-unit seals, Drain
water from the block and/or use a quality marine grade antifreeze,
this are engeneered to prevent not only freezing, but also rust
and corrosion, Drain oil from the boat motor, replace the marine
oil filter, Racor ot other, and refill with recommended mfs. oil
Note: On 4s troke engine models, change the oil filter and refill
with recommended manufacturers 4 stroke oil.Replace water separator
filter - Fuel/water separator filters should be checked often. Grease
all steering cables,linkages and other fittings with grease - marine-grade
and lnspect. Noe Fog the boat engine block,the cylinders, carburetors,
and drain the the fuel lines, and Check all hoses, belts, and the
general condition of
the engine, drive, and lower unit.
winterization - Fuel Tank and Stabilizer
When fuel is being stored for a long period the chemical structure
down and fuel in Boat Tanks gets old and and be a problem to use
- it will burn inconsistently and clog up the boat motor, But you
have option:Use Fuel Stabilizer or treat the fuel with a fuel stabilizer
, other option is to Removing the fuel, but Leaving a fuel tank
empty might be a problem for winter storage! - Most people opt for
treating the fuel. Removing the fuel would mean getting all the
fuel out of the tank and lines to leave the fuel tank empty. Leaving
a fuel tank empty might or might not be a problem(depending it is
made from and the material type),
condensation built up inside can build up in the tank GeneRally
you must Leave the fuel tank filled with fuel, but treated!
If you plan on leaving your vessel for longlength of winter time.
Winterizing Boat Water Systems
Obviously, you must protect your boat water system require little
maintenance with some sort of anti freeze agent.If your Boat have
a portable water tank clean it with a bleach solution and best way
is to put it away for the coldest season of the year.Boat Sinks-
If it's plumbed to a through hull and you are storing your boat
on land, You must be sure the drain line is empty and the seacock.If
your boat store in the water most important to add antifreeze-Agent
to the drain line Water Systems and allow some antifreeze to drain
through to ensure that the drain line
Require more work for complex boat water systems,practice is to
drain the water tank,add several liters of antifreeze agent so that
it replaces all the water that remains in this w.system.Pump out
from the freshwater tank and add antifreeze.Starting pump with the
one farthest from the tank and working your way back until it comes
out of every outlet. Remember if you have one holding tank, tank
must be pumped. After it's pumped, add antifreeze to the head, sure
it gets through all the head hoses and don't skimp on antifreeze
Several non-toxic antifreeze products and brands are now available
for winterizing your boat freshwater system. All winter time Leaving
holding tank, even if there is antifreeze in it, that stuff sitting
in isn't good idea.
at last - Don't forget to put antifreeze in the hot water heater,
AC cooling loop , shower and any sea strainers in Water Systems.
Whether your boat is 10 or 80 feet,outboard or inboard, open
or cabin-equipped, Winterize Projects is the perfect guide to keeping
boat reliable safe, and running from season to season.