Sadly for many the boating season is coming to an end soon. As cold weather sets in and lakes begin to freeze, it's important for boat owners to winterize their vessels so that they can pick up right where they left off in the spring and get back to boating. Winterizing your boat is an important process that, when done properly, will ensure that your vehicle provides decades of enjoyment and recreational fun.
In this article we'll cover some of the steps winterizing boats equipped with outboard engines. The Boat Owners Association of the United States provides some pointers for boat owners who are unsure about how to proceed with preparing their motors for cold weather and long-term storage:
- Disconnect the fuel hoses and run the engine until it stops. This clears the system of any residual gasoline.
- Flush the engine with freshwater. There are various tools available to do this, but one of the easiest ways is to simply submerge the engine in a tank of clean water and let it drain out completely. Leftover fuel can evaporate and leave corrosive deposits.
- Replace the oil and clean the exterior of the engine with soap and water. You may also want to apply a layer of wax.
- Spray fogging oil into the cylinders and carburetor to ensure that these components are properly lubricated.
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