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Old     (wakemaker01)      Join Date: Mar 2009       03-04-2010, 2:32 PM Reply   
What is common for getting boat watter ready after winter ?
Old     (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       03-04-2010, 2:36 PM Reply   
Make sure all your plugs are in. Check all fluids. Change raw water impeller. Don't forget the often neglected trailer maintenance.
Old     (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       03-04-2010, 2:58 PM Reply   
If winterized correctly: Hook up trailer, drive to boat ramp, install plug, back boat into water, fire up and let idle till warm, unhook bow strap, back off trailer and go play.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-04-2010, 3:39 PM Reply   
Depends on how it was winterized & what equipment you have? What boat? Engine? Do you have a heater or shower?
Old     (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       03-04-2010, 4:40 PM Reply   
I also always replace the oil/oil filter as it has sat in the engine for 6 months. Change the tranny fluid if it hasn't been done in a couple years. Replace impeller as stated above and reinstall any required plugs. Check your belts and maybe change spark plugs if it hasn't been done in a few years either. Just give it a once over to make sure all your Navi lights work, you got all the life jackets back in....whatever else you may have taken out. Connect the trailer and make sure all lights work. Air in the tires if needed. I usually clean the boat again even though I did it before I put it away.

Give it a big hug and a kiss if you haven't seen it in a few months!

Go shred the liquid gnar!
Old     (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       03-04-2010, 4:49 PM Reply   
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I also always replace the oil/oil filter as it has sat in the engine for 6 months. Change the tranny fluid if it hasn't been done in a couple years. Replace impeller as stated above and reinstall any required plugs. Check your belts and maybe change spark plugs if it hasn't been done in a few years either. Just give it a once over to make sure all your Navi lights work, you got all the life jackets back in....whatever else you may have taken out. Connect the trailer and make sure all lights work. Air in the tires if needed. I usually clean the boat again even though I did it before I put it away.

Give it a big hug and a kiss if you haven't seen it in a few months!

Go shred the liquid gnar!
Just and FYI, its never a good idea to leave the used oil in the crankcase during storage. Used oil is acidic and corrosive and will etch the soft metals such as bearing and pistons. It also contains moisture, which is a normal byproduct of combustion as well as the environment the boat is used in. The oil and filter should always be changed in Fall and the engine run afterwards to circulate the fresh clean oil.

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