Tip of the Month
It’s best to make a list of everything that needs to be done before winter sets in. It’s important that you check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on your boat’s winterisation.
Firstly, let’s check out the engine and how to prevent unnecessary and avoidable damage over the colder months.
It’s important to fill your tank and add a petrol additive in order to stabilise the fuel and to eliminate carbon build-up in the fuel delivery system and on exhaust components. Then run the engine up to operating temperature while flushing it with cool, fresh water through a flushing device or flush muffs. With the fuel hose disconnected, spray fogging oil into the carburettor until the engine stops – this will leave a protective coating on the internal surfaces of the engine. Also, remove spark plugs and spray the fogging oil down the cylinders before replacing the plugs finger tight.
Next, spray the whole power head with a water repellent such as WD-40 before cleaning and re-greasing the control linkages and grease points with a lubricant. Then change the gear oil in the lower unit and lightly lubricate the exterior of the engine or polish it with a good wax.