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& Storage - Tools, materials and procedures
Winterizing,teach you the professional methods for preparing a boat for winter storage
- "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 spring.
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 lube-gear
Next Step is to preserve both the fuel tank and the fuel with add.fuel stabilizer
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, and impeller,it
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 agent.
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.
Winterizing a Boat Before the Big Freeze
Explaining how to Winterize a Boat during the fall break. Hopefully your million dollar boat will not look like this yacht caught in the freezing rain a few years back. Planning well ahead to winterize your boat and motor will save you a great deal of money, imagine having to winterize a frozen hard boat during a cold windy day of autumn.
Depending on the size of your boat, you will either have a professional company take care of it, or you will want to save the money and do it yourself. The size of the boat would dictate your willingness to take care of such a project.
Tips on Winterizing your Boat
Power wash Boat before Winterizing While it may look like a unwanted task to do at the end of a beautiful summer, winterizing your boat is the time to take care of those repairs you have been putting aside for so long.
Just think of all those times you had the pleasure of going out on the water with friends or family and just have a really nice afternoon. Now looking back on those times, don't you how it to your boat a little love and attention? OK, enough with all that sentimental stuff, here is my way of getting the job done before winter comes around.
1. A good scrub, from bow to stern, (here is a site for those of you that are still struggling with the boat terms) it is the perfect time to lift your boat out of the water and really give it a scrub, cleaning the barnacles, seaweed and other gunk that was stuck to the hull all summer long.
Here are the products I use to clean and wax my boat: Star brite Instant Boat Hull Cleaner and Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax, just two outstanding products that really does a great job on the boats hull.
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Diagnose or prevent moisture problems: How to Prevent Mold During Winter Storage, tips & advice.