Norm's Boating Centre Inc - Winterizing Specials

By: Norms Boating Centre  09-12-2011
Keywords: Storage, Boat

Are You Ready for Winter, We Are !!

  One of the important tasks is getting your engine and boat ready for our Northern Winters.

An engine is simply a big block of metal — steel, aluminum and iron — that doesn't like to be left unused. To keep it from turning to a large, and very expensive, chunk of rust, there are some basic tasks you need to do before you shrink wrap the boat to keep it covered for several months. These are projects that even the most unhandy captain can perform or you can bring it to Norm’s Boating Centre and we will do it for you, no problem!

This is what you are going to need to do, to keep your engine trouble free. Get everything together, and you'll be done in an hour or so. Don't blame us though if it takes you 20 minutes to find that spark plug wrench!

Engine Winterizing Guide

Maintenance       

Outboard

Inboard/

Sterndrives

Add gas stabilizer

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Check plugs, wires, rotor, cap

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Check belts. Adjust tension

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Check hoses

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Clean fuel screens, replace  fuel filters 

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Check shift/throttle cables & settings

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Lube shift/throttle cables and linkages  

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Flush cooling system

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Drain block, manifold, circulating pump and coolers

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Fill block, manifold, and circulating pump with antifreeze

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Check bottom end lube for colour, may need reseal

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Change gear lube    

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Change oil and oil filter

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Check gimbal bearings

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Grease U-joints and gimbals

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Lube engine coupler splines

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Check /replace sacrificial anodes if needed

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Fog engine   

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Check steering and power trim fluids

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Touch up nicks and scratches

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Check propeller/ hub      

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Check /lube splines

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Replace water pump impeller

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Spray electrical connections with moisture repellent

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Spray entire engine with anticorrosion treatment

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Check fuel line and bulb

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Remove battery and recharge if necessary

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   Vessel Maintenance Procedures to Use in Winterizing Your Boat

It's getting to be that time of year again, putting your boat away for the winter.

You are going to be cleaning & waxing the hull, emptying storage compartments and getting rid of those “ what’s that smell area’s in your boat”. Nothing like those fish guts you missed the last fishing trip or two!!

Winterizing and Storage Basics:

 Wash and wax your boat right after you take it from the water. By doing this, it will be much easier to clean up for use next season. A good pressure washing will remove dirt and the dreaded lake scum using our algae strip cleaner!

 Clean interior carpets and floors. Consider removing cushions, PFDs and other items that could mildew. Make sure interior is nice and dry before storing. Have Norm’s mechanic service and prepare your engine for storage. Ensure your bilge spaces are clean and free of oil. It might be a good idea to leave an oil adsorbent sock in the bilge. Drain, or winterize fresh water lines and fixtures with propylene glycol antifreeze. It is the pink nontoxic antifreeze available at Norm’s Boating Centre. Remove lead-acid storage batteries and store them fully charged in well ventilated, warm location. A heated garage would be a good choice. Batteries should rest on a nonconductive surface that is up off the floor. Scraps of 2"x6" lumber resting on a couple of concrete blocks will work well for this purpose. 

 Now is the time to check out the hull of your boat. If your boat needs professional help, do it now, don’t wait until spring to get it done, that’s the boat doctor’s busiest time! Check the hull for stress cracks and gel coat blisters. Norm’s Boating Centre offers special winter rates and free winter storage on all repair jobs over $1,500.00!

 Consider the use of a “shrink wrap” covering system to keep rain and snow out of the vessel. Ensure there is good ventilation under the covers to reduce corrosion or fungal damage to the boat. At Norm’s Boating Centre, we build an A frame inside the boat to prevent damage to the windshield, etc., then we shrink wrap the boat and ad vents.

 

Shrink wrapping will also help keep out those critters that can cause all kinds of damage to your wiring, leave behind unwanted deposits.

TIP OF THE WEEK!

For all those people who have trouble with mice and other little pesky creatures! Everyone has those wonderful plastic margarine container,that gets stored in the cupboards in case we need them for something. Yes! that plastic thing that hits you in the head when you open that cupboard, that everyone yells " be cafefull when you open that cupboard door"! All you have to do is put in a handful of mothballs, then punch holes in the lid with something sharp to let out the nice smell. Place several containers in your cabin, by the deck, and especially wherever there is wiring the little vermin can get at. Come spring make sure you air out the boat for a day or two before that first fishing trip to elminate any lasting smell. Most insurance companies will not cover the wiring in you boat, that these critters love to chew and it can be a little expensive repacing it all.

 NOW you get to open a cold beer and start talking about the big one that

 got away this year but has your name on it, for next season!

Let Norm's Do Your Winterizing for You!

807-622-5121 

TODAY  & ASK ABOUT :

 Outboard  2 stroke  Winterizing  

    2.5 h.p. -25h.p.  $ 49.95

     30 h.p.- 60h.p.   $79.95

      65 h.p and up   $129.95

Outboarad 4 stroke  Winterizing

        2 h.p - 25h.p. 4S -   $ 129.95

        30h.p.- 60h.p. 4S. - $ 139.95

        75h.p. 4S. & up      $  159.95

Optimax outboards

   75h.p. -125 h.p. optimax $ 169.95 

    135 h.p.Optimax & up     $189.95

Verado winterizing

    135 h.p. -175 hp  $299.00

     200 hp & up       $399.00

  (these motors demand a more detailed winterizing program which includes a $89.95 C.D.S. fee, oils and filters)

Any brand Inboard Sterndrive winterizing:

       4 cyl.  $299.99

        6 cyl. $325.99

We do :

 

Shrink Wrapping  we make a customized A frame to protect your windshield, etc. before sealing boat with wrapping! Prices start @ $10.00 per foot. Keep out those peskie critters, looking for a winter home! Outside storage is available too , ask about costs when you have you winterizing done.

Ask Kim about our Winter pricing  repair specials for engine and drive rebuilds, also boat repairs! We offer free storage with any repair jobs    over $2,000.00 .( outside storage after repairs are complete only)

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Boat, Storage

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