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How to De-Winterize Your Boat

As the days get longer and the temperatures slowly begin to climb boaters are itching to get back out on the water. Getting your vessel ready for spring should be a snap if you adequately prepared it before you stowed it away for the winter. Follow this simple checklist for how to de-winterize your boat, and in only a couple of hours, it could be ready to get back in the water.

Spring Cleaning

Even boats that were meticulously cared for before winter storage will more than like be a bit dusty. After uncovering, the first step is performing a thorough inspection and deep cleaning. Check every inch of the exterior for gouges or cracks, as well as any missing parts. Then clean the boat inside and out.

Check the Engine

Before you start the engine examine it and do a complete oil change. Inspect the oil drive to make sure it is clean. Don't forget to replace the oil filter. On a side note, research the best oil additive for your vessel. It can work wonders keeping your engine clean and free of corrosion.

The Cooling System

Hopefully, you drained your cooling system before storing the boat for the winter. That step prevents the coolant line from a damaging freeze/defrost cycle. However, you still need to check all the hoses for any cracks or holes, as well as empty the strainer. Once you take care of those steps, refill the system. Should you have an outboard engine that uses an impeller cooling system, it is vital to check that the rubber impeller is not damaged.

Check the Battery

Next, examine your battery and top off any fluids if necessary, making sure to use distilled water. Check all the amps and volts with a battery tester. If the battery does not seem to hold a charge, it most likely needs replacing. If the battery seems ok, clean the battery terminals, then attach the cables.

Clean The Distributor

During the winter distributors tend to corrode. First, remove the distributor cap. Clean it, and the entire component, then hook up all connections.

Check All Belts

Worn belts can be dangerous and need replacement. One way to check a belt is simply pressing down on them to gauge the tension. They should be stiff. If any have a lot of "give," replace them. Another area to check is near the pulleys for soot. That is another indicator of worn belts.

Examine The Fuel System

Most smart boat owners know to fill the fuel tank as part of the winterization process. It serves to prevent moisture from forming. Inspect all the fuel lines for any cracks or signs of wear. Change the fuel filter. If for some reason you did not use additives to prevent fuel contamination or separation, the gas is most likely stale. Therefore, you must drain the tank and clean it.

Ask the Professionals

Should you have any questions regarding your boat's fuel system or how to de-winterize your boat, contact Clean Fuels Associates. We have a team dedicated to marine fuel systems. Our technicians have many years of experience and are passionate about their mission. We arrive promptly and work efficiently, getting your boat back in the water in no time at all.