Whether you like it or not, winter is fast approaching. For boat owners, this means the dreaded task of pulling the boat out of the water and preparing it to withstand the dangers of winter. Are you ready?
Take These 4 Steps to Properly Winterize Your Boat
Boat winterization isn’t an issue to take lightly. If you’re a new boat owner or don’t have a lot of experience properly caring for and maintaining boats, now’s a good time to listen up. Use the following tips to get started:
1. Start With the Engine
The engine is the heart of your boat, so make sure you prioritize it when it comes to winterization. If you take care of your engine, you’ll get plenty of life out of it. If you’re sloppy and careless with it, expect to have problems.
“While the engine is running, apply lubricating oil to the engine cylinders and pistons. This is called ‘fogging’ and can be sprayed on carburetors, air intakes or through the fuel line,” Wholesale Marine explains. “Be sure to change your engine oil after you’ve fogged the engine. Lastly, pour biodegradable antifreeze through the cooling system to flush any water and to protect engine parts.”