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How To Winterize Your Boat

Watch more Weather Survival Guide videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Winterize your boat and protect your investment during the off-season using this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Check the owner's manual Check your boat's owner's manual for specific steps and any recommendations for winterization. Step 2: Clean and repair the hull Clean the hull thoroughly. Remove grime and barnacles using a power washer. Repair cracks to prevent ice damage. Tip Schedule any major repairs in the fall since repair shops and marinas are often busiest in the spring. Step 3: Remove electronics and cushions Remove electronics, such as a GPS or fish finder, as well as cushions, and store them inside before vacuuming and cleaning the boat's interior. Tip Apply a mildew protector to any vinyl and purchase a moisture-absorbing product to prevent mold in moist areas. Step 4: Stabilize the fuel Fill the gas tank and add stabilizer, and then idle the engine to move everything through the hoses before disconnecting the fuel line. Step 5: Protect the engine Protect the boat's engine by flushing it with fresh water and applying fogging oil to the pistons and fresh grease to the propeller shaft. Step 6: Replace the oil and remove the battery Replace the engine oil and the oil filter and add antifreeze according to the owner's manual. Remove the battery last. Step 7: Cover the boat Cover the boat with a waterproof canopy and use structural supports to prevent heavy snow from damaging parts. Secure it tightly with rope and tape. Did You Know? The 1,100-foot long, 151,000-ton Queen Mary 2 is only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall.
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