Winterizing Your Boat



Bill: Hi, I’m Bill Sisson, editor of Soundings and Soundings Trade Only, and welcome to the 2 minute mechanic. With me today is Soundings technical advisor, Erik Klockars. Welcome, Erik.

Erik: Thank you, Bill

Bill: We’re at the New York boat show ,and it’s been sunny most of the day, temperatures in the upper-mid 70s. It doesn’t feel like winter’s coming but we know it’s right around the corner. And with that, comes fall winterization, which is the topic of this 2 minute mechanic. I know we have a limited amount of time here, but why don’t you give the viewers your short hand of the philosophy on proper ways of winterization and what’s really important.

Erik: Well, Bill, there are three main points that we try to shoot for. We try to make sure that anything that moves, stays moving by the spring time.

Bill: And by move, you’re talking about proper lubrication?

Erik: Proper lubrication, greasing, if it’s a steering system, it’s got to move, if it’s a linkage, it’s got to make sure it still moves when it comes summer time. Anything that wants to freeze, we try to make it so it won’t freeze with anti-freeze or aerating the whole system. We try to make sure that anything that’s related to the fuel system is treated all the way through to the engine. The most common thing that I see is that the fuel system doesn’t get treated properly. People will throw some stuff in their gas tank, run their motor for 5 or 10 minutes, there’s absolutely no way that that fuel is burned through the hoses, through the filters and up to the engine, so it’s consumed and the treated fuel gets to the motor.

Bill: Let’s focus this a little more on fuel. With all the questions and concerns of ethanol and E-10 these days, what exactly is the proper way to treat a fuel system to ensure that come spring, that boat will be in good shape?

Erik: You have to make sure you use a good stabilizer to use in the fuel. If you can’t run the fuel for a long period of time, treat the fuel that’s in the filters and change them so that the fuel then gets transferred to the engine and the important parts for the winter time.

Bill: Well , thank you for joining me and thanks for that advice.

Erik: Thank you, I appreciate being here.

Bill: This is Bill Sisson for the two-minute mechanic. Look for the next episode soon.

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