According to the National Marine Manufacturer's Association, 20 percent of Canadian households own at least one boat. For these people, cooler fall weather marks the time to think about hanging up the captain hat and putting the boat away until warmer temperatures return. Getting your water craft winter-ready, or winterizing, is an important part of ownership.
Take a look at these tips from online resource, DiscoverBoating.ca, so that your prized possession will be protected, fresh, and ready when spring returns again:
• First, check the owner's manuals for manufacturer's recommendations on winterization. There may be important information that pertains specifically to your boat.
• Get some gas. It's a good idea to fill your fuel tank to avoid a build-up of condensation over the winter months. Add a fuel stabilizer by following the instructions on the product. Change the fuel filter and water separator.
• It's always good to keep clean.Make sure the bilges are clean and dry. Use soap, hot water and a stiff brush to clean up any oil spills. Once they're clean, spray with a moisture displacing lubricant and add a little antifreeze to prevent any water from freezing.
These tips and a full checklist about winterizing your boat are available online at DiscoverBoating.ca.