More Great Tips to Prep Your Boat for the End of the Season
For many boaters, October means the end of the boating season is near. Many of you will be storing your boats for the winter. Here are some tips from Rejuvenate® Marine on how to prep your fishing boat for the end of season.
Change Out Engine Oil
The first, and one of the easiest boat prep tips, is to change the engine oil and gear box oil in your boat. You should be doing this every season already. Many boat, and most vehicle owners for that matter, make the mistake of changing the oil only at the beginning of boating.
Changing out the oil will make sure that the engine components are coated in fresh lubricant before spending months in storage. An added benefit to changing your fluids before you store your boat is that it will be ready to go next season as you will not have to waste a lot of time servicing your boat in the spring. Use Rejuvenate Marine Bilge Cleaner and Degreaser to thoroughly clean, degrease, remove sludge and eliminate odors from your engine compartment and bilge areas.
Add a Fuel Stabilizer
If you know during your next boating trip that it will be the last time you take your vessel out for the season, then it’s the perfect opportunity to add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank before heading out on the water. If this isn’t possible, add the stabilizer and run the engine for 7-10 minutes, allowing the treatment to circulate through the fuel injector or carburetor.
This treatment will ensure your fuel system does get clogged or damaged by the deposits resulting from degrading fuel. It will also make sure the fuel in your tank remains usable for up to six months. Fuel stabilizers can be purchased at just about any auto parts stores and many gas stations.
Drain All Liquids from the Boat
If you live in an area where there is a chance freezing will occur, and you have an inboard or stern-drive, you will need to drain all water from cooling chambers. If the water is not removed, it may freeze, expand and crack the engine block.
Many boats have drainage valves located under the manifold that makes the draining process a little easier. Otherwise, you will need to find the water pump, remove the hose clamp attaching the bottom hose to the pump, pull off the hose and let all the water drain completely out. This step takes minutes, requires only a screwdriver, but can save thousands of dollars.
Clean All Areas of the Boat
For you fisherman, it is a must that you clean out all livewells and fish boxes and any area where the fish odor may still be lingering. If you have built-in ice boxes, clean them out as well with Rejuvenate Marine Fish Box Deodorizer.
If you have any skis, wakeboard, tubes, and life-jackets used during the season, pull them out wash them off. Let them dry thoroughly, or wipe off with a microfiber towel, before storing to prevent mold. Rejuvenate Marine’s got you covered – use our Leather & Vinyl Cleaner and Leather & Vinyl Conditioner to make quick work of cleaning and protecting all boat chairs, seats and cushions.
Make Necessary Repairs Before Storing Boat
The end of the summer is the perfect time to inspect your boat and make any repairs you may have neglected during the season due to you trying to spend as much time on the water as possible. You can possibly save money on repairs or upgrades during the end of the season as many marine repair shops and retailers offer steep discounts in the fall or during the off-season.
Now that you have taken the necessary steps to prepare your boat for the end of the season, choose a safe place to store your boat. Protect your investment and, if possible, store your boat under cover and in a secure site.
When it comes time to place your boat back on the water – check out all the great boat cleaning products from Rejuvenate Marine. The soft-sided flexible packages let you store, or nest, all our marine care products together in one small bucket or storage locker.