Thursday, May 12, 2011

Winterization Mistakes Could Cost You Your Boat.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs
                                                                                                               Date: October 16, 2010
Phil Bailey  

News Release

Winterization Mistakes Could Cost You Your Boat.

WASHINGTON – Often, boat owners who visit their boats in early spring find their boats nearly under water.. They might or might not get a call from the marina to get down there right away to take care of their boat. Don’t let this happen to you. Don’t make these mistakes which might cost you big bucks or your boat.  
  • Using your Biminis or dodger as a boat cover for winter. Biminis and dodgers are for  sun and spray not for winterization.  Winter is very hard on Biminis and  dodgers causing premature replacement  and possibly letting water or snow into  your boat or cockpit.  
  • Storing  a boat in the water without a cover might  result in it being  underwater. Cockpits have drains that might   clog up with debris causing the cockpit to fill with water, sinking the  boat.  Heavy snow could push a boat with low freeboard underwater.  
  • Not closing  sea cocks stored in the water. Too  many  things can happen to that seacock or the  attached hose  causing the boat to take on  water.
  • Storing a boat  and not winterizing, even in  warmer clime.  Storing ashore can freeze an engine block with an  unexpected cold spell.  Storing in the water may keep the engine block a  little warmer.
  • Petcocks in  the engine block may be clogged when  you tried to drain the engine for winter.  You might not realize that no  water came out of the clogged petcocks. Be sure to visually check if water  drains from each  petcock.  If you do have a clogged  petcock  a  coat hanger works great clearing it.
  • Having the  marina attendant look after your boat  might  be a good idea. No matter whom you pay to  watch your boat it  is always best to check on your boat periodically during  the off season.  Nobody cares more for your boat than you.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer Component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America’s Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

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