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Old 02-25-2005, 08:50 AM
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How to De-Winterize a Boat

I've seen a lot of check lists for what needs to be done to winterize a boat. Does anyone have a checklist of things to do to de-winterize a boat (i.e. prepare it for the first run of the season). I actually have a pretty good idea, but there is always a possibility I forgot something.
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Old 02-25-2005, 09:32 AM
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Assuming I've done all my maintenance during the winterization process, all I do is: check fluid levels (oil, transmission, battery), replace any drain plugs and reconnect hoses that I may have left unconnected, install new impeller, bring it home and start it up in the driveway. At this time, I look for leaks and such. After I run the first tank of gas out, that has been stabilized, I may change the plugs. That's it for me.
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:27 AM
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Interesting comment on changing plugs after you run through the tank of stabilized gas. Is it hard on plugs?
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:56 AM
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I have no idea. I just figure if it's time for a plug change, I'm going to do it after I run all the old, stabilized gas out of it, along with all the fogging oil. I suspect the stuff gets burned off right away and it doesn't make a difference, but it's just the way I do it.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:03 AM
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I made this last fall to help me remember what I needed to do. It's pretty extensive (based on MC's recommendations and quite a bit of the stuff JimN and others have posted). One is for winterize. One is for dewinterize. Read them both because some things I do in the fall may be something others don't. You can probably get by with less, but this is just what I do. Enjoy.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:17 AM
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east_tx_skier, you are the man! Thank you very much.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:18 AM
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You're welcome. It was written with a couple of family members of mine as a perceived audience. Sorry if it's a bit too descriptive.

P.S. There should be something about lubing the steering cable in there as well.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:24 AM
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P.S. There should be something about lubing the steering cable in there as well.
Great lists east tx. I was told NOT to grease the steering cable.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:28 AM
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It's listed in my manual under annual maintenance. It's not technically part of the winterization procedure, but I do my annual maintenance at the same time.

There should also be something in there about checking the brake fluid reservoir on the trailer.

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Old 02-28-2005, 06:25 AM
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Before cranking the engine, I remove each spark plug & squirt WD40 down each cylinder.

After it's been started, then I replace the plugs before heading to the water.
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