Well it’s that time of year again that most boaters in the colder climate areas dread dealing with. Putting the boat away for winter and getting damaged boat propellers replaced or fixed can be done in the fall.
Summer seems to go by in the blink of an eye and the off season takes twenty years to get over before spring. But you need to winterize your boat and cover it properly if it’s going to be outside. Winterizing primarily consists of getting the water out of your engine and drive so it does not freeze and crack engine parts like the block, manifolds and lower unit. Water expands when it freezes and if there is no room for it to expand in, water can actually crack the engine block and other parts if they are totally full of water. You don’t want to buy a new engine every year so have a boat dealership or a cerified marine mechanic winterize your boat. This is also a good time when you should get basic maintenance taken care of, like fluid changes, greasing moving parts and replacing filters and parts that need changing periodically and have a general inspection done. This way you will be ready to go in the spring after a simple check of everthing.Very important, make sure you install the drain plug in your boat before you launch it next year.
If you can’t store your boat inside a garage, barn or whatever and it’s going to be outside, getting it shrink wrapped is recommended. It’s the best water and snow proof cover system and air vents are put in the wrap to keep the inside your boat from getting mold and mildew build up by keeping the air moving and fresh. Shrink wrap needs to be done every year but you boat interior is safer. You should not store your boat under a tree because tree limbs might break off and land on your boat during a storm and cause damage. Don’t put it alongside a building where the roof might have snow slide off it right on top of your boat. Keep heavy snow buildup from forming on your boat by simply cleaning off the snow every now and then.
If you need to replace any boat propellers check out our website or call us at 1-800-573-5533