(NC) *If you're a sailor, there are few things as precious as your boat. Power or sail, whatever the size, your boat is your escape, your refuge, your palace. Below are a few tips on protecting that refuge from old man winter.
Boat In the Water
Fill fuel tanks, add stabilizer.
Change engine oil and filters, always using brand name products from known marine specialists, like Castrol.
Winterize head, holding tank and fresh water system by draining or filling with non-toxic anti-freeze.
Winterize any other water using equipment.
Remove electronics, antennas and couplers. Spray and tape exposed cables.
Pump bilges completely dry, rinse with cleaner, empty again.
Charge batteries fully. Disconnect if leaving on boat.
Winterize engine and cooling system. Drain all water from engine block and any stern drives. Replace with storage antifreeze.
Clean fridge and/or ice box thoroughly.
Use mildewcide or anti-fungus products liberally.
Leave lockers and hatches open where possible. Leave bilge access open.
Be sure the entire boat has access to plenty of fresh air.
And if you're really gung-ho, you can do all that important exterior stuff like varnishing and washing the hull.
A wealth of interesting and valuable information on motor oils and lubricants can be found at www.castrolcanada.com or other well known petroleum web sites.
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