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Winter storage
February 10, 2005
1:55 am
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Just woundering what guys do to put there boat away for the winter.Cant decide if i should winterize it.Bob

February 10, 2005
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Haha! I never did...I like to sneak out when the ice is clear.

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February 10, 2005
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bob i think what they mean by winter storage is guys that fish from june to september and store the boat for 6 months also your boat is indoors i think I fogged my motor once it was a beach to get started the next month

February 10, 2005
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I was told not to bother winterizeing my boat if I planed to use it during the winter.The dealer I bought the boat from told me that. Simple solution...use your boat, go fishing!!!

February 11, 2005
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How long can it sit without being used before you have a problem?

February 13, 2005
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bob,last ran my boat motor in early dec and mid nov befor that.havn't put stabilizer in since last winter.backed it in to river today.about ten pulls that baby fired up no problem.added stabilizer and ran it for half an hour just to be sure.while i kicked myself in the ass for not bringing my rods.itching to get out again.

February 13, 2005
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I was going to fish today but decided to run my moters in the driveway with a little stablizer.Just want to make sure i'm allright in 4 weeks for the cave.I'll try to get the boat out a week or two before the cave as a test run and to sharpen up my casting.Seven days of casting will be tough this early in the year.Bob

February 14, 2005
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I used to winterize every November. Run fogging oil into the carbuerator until the motor dies and then liberally fog the exterior of the motor, wires, etc. to keep everything from drying out/becoming corroded. Any time you don't run a boat motor for more than 2 months in extreme temps (hot OR cold), it's a good idea. I was always amazed at how easily (along with the huge clouds of white smoke from the fogging oil) my motor started in March.

A small enging repair guy told me the following: Stabilizer should be added to gasoline any time you go more than 2 or 3 weeks without running. Gasoline begins to deteriorate immediately, and can cause big problems if it gums your carb up at the wrong time. Sure you can go without the precautions and get away with it, I've done it many times. But an ounce of prevention...

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

February 14, 2005
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i was told by a manufacturer that during the winter, if you do not intend to run your engine within 30 days, winterize it. when i can't get out within 30 days, i take her to the lake or river to let her run for 5 minutes. that cleans her out.

condensation buildup in side the engine can pit the pistons etc....

that is what i was told

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February 14, 2005
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You learn something new everyday! I should get into the habit of running the engines when I haven't used them in awhile. You spend so much money on them that a little TLC can go a long way!

Chad T

February 14, 2005
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Another tip I heard from an OMC mechanic:
IF you can't start the motor (frozen hose, dead battery, can't find your "earmuffs" for the motor) and you want to do a quick winterization, just pull each plug and spray well with fogging oil or WD-40. Then turn the fly wheel once or twice and your pistons are protected.

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

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