Winterizing Your Boat
Better Yet, Your Ship
By Tom Lester
Each year about this time we see our first frost of the season. Most of your minds are focused in on the upcoming Holiday Seasons, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our house is no exception. We are looking forward to seeing family and friends during this time.
As boat owners, however, it is also time, perhaps even a little tardy, for us to take care to protect the investment we have in our boats and personal watercraft (PWC's). This often-overlooked chore can mean a great deal of disappointment and money come spring, when most peoples' thoughts turn back to boating. A little effort on your part now can save, save, save next spring. Lets take a look at some of the things we need to do.
If you are not mechanically inclined, you might want to consider taking your boat or PWC to a local boat service center to be winterized. Your fuel system needs checking and protecting. Fogging the engine with a qualified protect will protect your engine from rust and oxidation. A good charge on your battery or even having it removed prior to long periods of exposure to cold weather is also a good idea. Fuel tanks should also be treated to reduce water build up over the winter that can cause carburetor damage or prevent the engine from running.
At the Lester household, we also have our PWC winterized each year. Either way, I don't want to forget to protect it, too. The last thing I want is to have my two girls upset with me because it won't start or run when they are ready for it in the spring.
Remember what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure ... now convert that to dollars and cents.
Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors.