Winterizing – Is your Boat Safe?

The fall season marks the end of boating for most people in North America, and with such means there’s a lot of people trying to winterize their boat and engine them selves with out the knowledge of what exactly they are trying to accomplish.

the three most common issues people experience in the spring after storage is:

  1. cracked engine block or cooling passages
  2. Bad fuel causing poor running or no start issues
  3. Dead Batteries

The big danger of negative temperatures is water freezing, because when water freezes it also expands as microscopic air bubbles become trapped in the forming ice. If there is no room for the expansion then the pressure will eventually take the path of least resistance, often causing a crack or break somewhere in the system.

Draining your engine, water systems, and holding tank properly is your first line of defense against this type of damage.It is also standard practice to run anti-freeze through all water passages in order to ensure a extremely low freezing point and to stop any potential water that was stuck in the system from freezing.

The second biggest problem people face in the spring: Bad gas!

Stabilize your fuel on EVERY FILL UP! Ethanol in our gas is only planned to become more of an issue in the marine industry with increasing volumes of ethanol approved for our basic fuel needs by the Canadian government.

It takes aprox 14 days for Ethanol to start separating from gasoline, at which point it turns into a gelatin-like substance which can cause all sorts of issues when it passes through a carburetor or fuel injector, the most common being making them clogged and not function correctly; it is VERY important to stabilize your fuel upon every fill up to ensure your fuel quality.
For winter Storage also make sure you are using a long term stabilizer that will last the full 7 months of Canadian winter.

Lastly: Make sure your battery is disconnected to avoid any potential draws from electronics. While hooked up or even if placed directly onto the ground batteries will slowly lose their charge. In order to keep your battery happy and healthy we strongly recommend trickle charging it over the storage period at least once or twice to ensure it’s life span and that it will be readily available when you need it in the springtime!

We carry all the parts needed for the DYI’ers and offer full service for everyone else!

So drop by today and see what City Marine can do for you to make sure your next summer goes off with out a hitch!

 

 

 

 

 

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