What is Winterizing

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by lakeith, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. lakeith

    lakeith New Member

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    How's it going? I was wondering what exactly is done at a marine/boat repair when winterizing a boat? I have a Mercury Force 40hp elpt 1997. The boat is a 97' basstracker. Thanks for any information.
     
  2. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    I am no expert in this feild, but I know that one of th first steps is to drain the gas out of the system.
     

  3. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Heres some of the things I do. Dis-connect the gas. Fog the motor.
    Add sta-bill to the gas tank. Change the lower unit oil. Make sure all the water is out of motor to avoid freezing by tilting down also spin the motor over a few times to get any water out of water pump. Check tilt and trim fluid. Spray down the electrical system connections with a fine mist of silicone spray. Take the batteries indoors clean and charge ocasionally. Take prop off and lube the shaft.
     
  4. misterwhiskers

    misterwhiskers New Member

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    Spponfish has got it pretty well covered there.
    I use my boat during the winter but i do all that except disconnect gas line and take out batteries,for obvious reasons.
    Only other thing i would do is replace gas filter and spark plugs.Check water pump and replace if necessary.Was and wax the boat,lube the berings on the trailer and definitely put a fresh coat of grease on the sterring shaft especially if your not gonna run it all winter.
    Had mine stuck one winter and wouldn't budge.Wipe off old lube and add new grease.I like to ocassionly go and rotate the sterring wheel once in awhile on really cold days just to be sure it isn't stuck.
     
  5. lakeith

    lakeith New Member

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    Thanks for the info guys, i had no ideal what was done to "winterize".
     
  6. misterwhiskers

    misterwhiskers New Member

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    Hers a lil something more i found to help ya better.

    The best place for your boat to be during the winter is out of the water, under cover, in a climate-controlled boat storage area. This, however, can be expensive. If don't have this option perhaps you should consider shrink-wrapping your boat. This, too, is a little expensive but provides a very protective cover. Short of these two items,be sure that your boat is well covered with a tarp or some other sturdy cover.A good boat cover is probaly one of the best investments you can make to protect your boat.

    Your first step in winterizing should be to make a checklist of all items that need to be accomplished. Check the owner's manual of your boat and motor(s) for manufacturer's recommendations on winterization. If you are a new boat owner, perhaps you should employ the assistance of a friend with experience in winterizing or hire a professional to do the job. The following is a generic outline of areas which should be of concern to you, however, there are many resources on the Internet with more detailed and specific information.

    Inboard Engine(s) - You should run the engine(s) to warm it up and change the oil while it is warm. This tends to allow impurities to be drained away with the oil. You should also change the oil filter(s). Flush the engine(s) with fresh water. You should circulate antifreeze through the manifold by using a pickup hose from the waterpump to a bucket of antifreeze. Start the engine and allow the antifreeze to circulate until water starts to exit the exhaust. This process will vary slightly depending on whether you have a "Raw Water" cooling system or an "Enclosed Fresh Water" cooling system. While you're in the engine room you should also change the fluid in your transmission. Remove spark plugs and use "fogging oil" to spray into each cylinder. Wipe down the engine with a shop towel sprayed with a little fogging oil or WD-40.

    Stern Drive(s) - You should thoroughly inspect the stern drive and remove any plant life or barnacles from the lower unit. Drain the gear case and check for excessive moisture in the oil. This could indicate leaking seals and should be repaired. Clean the lower unit with soap and water. If your stern drive has a rubber boot, check it for cracks or pinholes. Grease all fittings and check fluid levels in hydraulic steering or lift pumps. Check with your owner's manual for additional recommendations by the manufacturer.

    Outboard Engine(s) - Flush engine with fresh water using flush muffs or similar device attached to the raw water pickup. Let all water drain from the engine. Wash engine down with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Disconnect fuel hose and run engine until it stops. It is important to follow a step by step process to make sure that all fuel is drained from the carburetor to prevent build-up of deposits from evaporated fuel. Use fogging oil in the cylinders to lubricate the cylinder walls and pistons. Apply water resistant grease to propeller shaft and threads. Change the gear oil in the lower unit. Lightly lubricate the exterior of the engine or polish with a good wax.

    Fuel - Fill your fuel tank(s) to avoid a build up of condensation over the winter months. Add a fuel stabilizer by following the instructions on the product. Change the fuel filter(s) and water separator(s).

    Bilges - Make sure the bilges are clean and dry. Use soap, hot water and a stiff brush to clean up any oil spills. Once the bilges are clean, spray with a moisture displacing lubricant and add a little antifreeze to prevent any water from freezing.

    Interior - Once you have taken care of the system you should remove any valuables, electronics, lines, PFD, fire extinguishers, flares, fenders, etc. Over the winter these items can be cleaned, checked and replaced as necessary. Open all drawers and lockers and clean thoroughly. Turn cushions up on edge so that air is able to circulate around them or, better yet, bring them home to a climate controlled area. Open and clean the refrigerator and freezer. To keep your boat dry and mildew-free you might want to install a dehumidifier or use some of the commercially available odor and moisture absorber products such as "No Damp," "Damp Away" or "Sportsman's Mate."

    Out of Water Storage - pressure wash hull, clean barnacles off props and shafts, rudders, struts and trim tabs. Clean all thru-hulls and strainers. Open seacocks to allow any water to drain. Check the hull for blisters and if you find any that should be attended to you might want to open them to drain over the winter. While you're at it, why not give the hull a good wax job? It is probably best to take the batteries out of the boat and take them home and either put them on a trickle charger or charge them every 30-60 days.

    In Water Storage - Close all seacocks and check rudder shafts and stuffing boxes for leaks, tighten or repack as necessary. Check your battery to make sure it is fully charged, clean terminals, add water if necessary and make sure your charging system is working. Check bilge pumps to ensure they are working and that float switches properly activate the pumps and that they are not hindered by debris. Make sure either to check your boat periodically or have the marina check it and report to you. If in an area where the water you are docked or moored in actually freezes, you should have a de-icing device or bubbling system around your boat.

    By following some of the above suggestions, you should be in good shape for the winter. Do not, however, neglect to consult your owner's manuals for manufacture's recommendations on winterizing your boat and other systems. If you have not done a winterization job before or don't have an experienced friend to rely on seek out a professional to do the job for you.
     
  7. lakeith

    lakeith New Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to write all that down. It's great how guys here give detailed from-experience advice. Looks like i've got some work to do.