Onsite Boat Winterization
Onsite Boat Winterization We Come To You At Your Dock
A lot of boat owners prefer to store their boats themselves, whether that be in a cottage boathouse, garage, on the property or in a private lot. What Matters Most Is That You Winterize Your Boat Correctly. If not, winters can be costly with, not only expensive repairs to the motor, but also over the long haul, it can shorten the life of the motor and impact performance.
That’s why we offer Onsite Boat Winterization, so that you can protect your investment and be ready to launch your boat as soon as Boating Season arrives!
Onsite Boat Winterization
9 Point Onsite Boat Winterization Checklist
- – Inboards – Drain all the water completely out of it.
– Outboards – Even though outboards are usually self-draining, you still have to check to make sure there is no water getting into the gearcase. – Two stroke engines – Run them dry and make sure carburetors are drained otherwise you can get a varnish build up on the inside which makes the engine excessively hard to start in the summertime.
- Flood the motor with anti-freeze so the cylinders don’t crack.
- Inspect all the hoses to make sure none are punctured or wearing out.
- Draw out the oil completely.
- Oil change on the engine block and gear cases.
- Fog the motor with oil to make sure everything gets coated.
- Inspect to make sure there are no water leaks or cracking.
- Pressure test the gear case to make sure the seals are OK.
- Battery check and removal.
WARNING: Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your battery In The Boat!
Some boaters just think that leaving the battery in the boat is OK. However, if you leave the battery in the boat and anything goes wrong the clean up and replacement costs can be expensive.
For instance, let’s say it’s a weak battery, it could be prone to freezing and if it freezes, and cracks, the acid can go all over the boat and destroy the interior. That can be more of a mess and costly cleanup than you might imagine.
Not to mention it can be a nightmare to get everything fixed up again. As well, the resulting damage may require new upholstery, plus you’ll need a neutralizing agent to wash out the hull so it doesn’t reek with that acid smell. If you don’t get to it fast it can rot the floor out.
If that happens, to replace the floor replacement, the motor might need to come out, plus pulling out all the vinyl.
And of course, there’s the cost of a new battery which can be from $195 – $250.
In The End Analysis, Leaving The Battery In Your Boat Isn’t Worth The Risk!