A boat with an inboard engine can have tremendous
benefits—but it can also require some special maintenance that boat owners need
to be aware of. That’s particularly true when winter’s on the horizon and your
boat has to sail through the cold months in the best possible shape. Here are
some simple tips for winterizing an inboard boat the right way.
Reduce The Amount Of
Air In The Tank
Just as experts recommend keeping a tank full of gas in the
winter for your car, your inboard motor does well with less air in the tank and
more fuel. Why? Because air has moisture. When the temperature dips, you don’t
want all that moisture interfering with the proper functioning of your tank. When
winterizing an inboard boat, make sure you have an engine full of fuel, because
this reduces the amount of air left.
You should also add a fuel stabilizer designed specifically
for your type of fuel. This will prevent any unneeded buildup in fuel lines.
And keep in mind that now is as good a time as any to replace your filter in
the fuel-water separator. Keeping
your boat in the water can aid in the supply of water throughout.
Add Antifreeze For
Ask around to make sure you use the proper antifreeze for
your boat. Don’t be afraid to go to a marine store and ask for the proper
“diagnosis,” so to speak. Picking the right product is essential and will yield
the best results when winterizing your boat, not to mention the overall
quality of your boat’s maintenance.
You’ll want to work with a warm engine (as you will with the
next step) to facilitate the process of adding in antifreeze.
Change Your Oil
Changing the oil and oil filter is essential in preparing a
boat for winter, which is why you should do it now. Think of it as knocking out
two birds with one stone. This way, you can promote the health of your inboard
motor, while helping to prepare it for winter. Keep in mind that you’ll want
your engine warmed up. Changing the oil while the engine is still warm will
help flush out old gunk and contaminants, which in turn makes the entire
process easier. It also aids in the effectiveness of your winterization
Since you’re getting into the inboard motor, now’s the time
to inspect areas like the exhaust system to ensure there are no cracks or
leaks. You should also inspect the hoses for leaks, not to mention sealing off
engine openings to make sure that your boat is properly prepared for the harsh
environment that will come with winter.
Don’t proceed with winterizing an inboard boat without
safety precautions, and make sure that you read any instructions thoroughly
before you begin. Dealing with an inboard engine can be intimidating, but with
the proper steps and the right products, you’ll do just fine.
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