Winterization of Your Boat
The weather is turning cool, the leaves are changing. With that, comes the time to put your boat up for the season. Winterizing your boat, lessens the chance of damage. Without properly storing it, costly damage can occur.
Step 1: Fill your fuel tank and add STABIL gas stabilizer for each 5 quarts of gas.
Step 2: Operate the boat for 15 minutes in the water or use a flush system.
Step 3: Remove bilge drain plug once you have taken the boat out from the water. Do a general wash of your boat.
Step 4: Clean the hull, deck and interior of the boat at this time. Dry completely.
Step 5: Detach the prop shaft coupling. Coat with waterproof Marine grease.
Step 6: Flush engine cooling system with clean water.
Step 7: Add the Fogging Oil slowly into the engine while the engine is idling. Then cut off.
Step 8: Turn the fuel supply line to off. Perform scheduled services. Tune the engine, change the oil and filters.
Step 9: Remove the drain plug from the lower part of the engine. Flush old antifreeze out before adding new in.
Step 10: Remove the negative battery cable from the battery. Charge the battery to full or remove it completely.
Step 11: Clean all traces of dirt, oil and grease from the transmission and engine.
Step 12: Coat the length of the prop shaft with corrosion-resistant metal protection.
Step 13: Then cover your boat with a boat cover.
If you are unsure, please have a professional do this for you. If done incorrectly, it could cost quite a bit of money in the long run. Tracker Parts and Service would be more than willing to winterize your boat for you!
Ginger J Bridges