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Angie's List: Winterizing your boat

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EXPERTS SAY IF YOU DON'T PROPERLY PREP YOUR BOAT FOR COLD WEATHER, YOU'LL GET HOT UNDER THE COLLAR WHEN YOU SEE THE REPAIR BILLS NEXT SPRING.


"THE MAIN THING TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT IS THAT YOU GET ALL THE WATER OUT OF IT PROPERLY. DON'T LEAVE ANY WATER TRAPPED IN THERE. AND MAKE SURE YOU GET ALL YOUR FLUIDS FULL BECAUSE IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG, IT BECOMES AN EXPENSIVE LESSON," SAID BOAT SERVICE PROFESSIONAL, RODNEY GOOD.


EXPERTS RECOMMEND FIRST ADDING A QUALITY STABILIZER TO THE FUEL SYSTEM AND LETTING IT WORK UP TO THE FUEL INJECTORS, THEN PULLING THE ENGINE'S DRAIN PLUG TO GET THE WATER OUT. 
THEY SAY IT'S ESSENTIAL TO PHYSICALLY PICK OUT THE DEBRIS, OR WATER WILL STAY TRAPPED, FREEZE AND CRACK THE ENGINE BLOCK.


"THAT'S HOW A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CAUGHT. THEY DON'T GET THAT… THEY GET SOME WATER OUT OF THERE AND THINK OKAY, IT'S DRAINED, WE'RE GOOD. AND THEN THEY DIDN'T GET ENOUGH OUT AND IT FREEZES AND BREAKS," SAID GOOD.


A REBUILT OR BRAND NEW ENGINE COSTS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, WHICH IS WHY MANY PEOPLE TURN THIS TASK OVER TO A PROFESSIONAL.


"DON'T LEAVE YOUR BOAT WINTERIZATION TO A HANDYMAN OR AN AUTO MECHANIC. IT SHOULD REALLY BE LEFT TO SOMEONE WHO SPECIALIZES IN BOATS, SO A REPUTABLE MARINA THAT DEALS IN THE TYPE OF BOAT YOU HAVE. A BOAT TECHNICIAN AND A TYPICAL BOAT WINTERIZATION SHOULD COST BETWEEN 300 AND 400 DOLLARS," SAID ANGIE'S LIST FOUNDER, ANGIE HICKS.


THAT JOB SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE AN OIL CHANGE, GEAR LUBE, BATTERY CHARGE AND COOLING SYSTEM FLUSH.
    ONCE IT'S WINTERIZED, YOUR BOAT NEEDS TO BE STORED.


    A CLIMATE CONTROLLED SPACE IS BEST, BUT IF YOU'RE LEAVING IT OUTSIDE, ANGIE RECOMMENDS A CUSTOM-FIT COVER AND SHRINK WRAP FOR MAXIMUM PROTECTION.

 

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