January 19th to the 22nd Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, Ca Regardless of why you go or what you hope to see, attending boat shows is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. You'll learn a lot, get up to date on the latest products and see some breathtaking new boats...
Starting to make 2017 schedule for water events, any input or suggestions for the 2017 season...... Come on LGBT boaters and water lovers, sign up at www.lgbtboating.com and lets get ready for hot summer fun in sun and water, any suggestions or good ideas?
Unless you’ve picked the right wetsuit, it’s time to start thinking about getting the boat winterized for use in the spring. For many of us, all that involves is putting the boat on the trailer, hooking it to the truck and towing it to the local dealership. This can cost up to $400 depending on your relationship with the dealer and the size of your boat, but we suck it up and pay the price because the alternative is dealing with frozen pipes, rust and corrosion that could add up to thousands of dollars in repair.
Oh, if only there were another way … fortunately there is. Winterizing your boat on your own can save you hundreds and can be done with basic household tools in just a few hours.
Clean It Up
Start out by cleaning the inside of your boat. Vacuum the carpet, discard any trash and wipe down the vinyl so everything is ready when you uncover it in the spring. You’ll also want to spray a rust inhibitor on any metal screws and on the control and steering cables.
Make sure to open any compartments so that no mold builds up. If you live in a particularly humid or wet climate you should consider placing mold control bags in any closed spaces.
Use Fuel Stabilizer
Screw in a hose to the back of your boat using an adapter, or Fake-A-Lake, and bring the boat to operating temperature. When the engine is at operating temperature, add fuel stabilizer to the the fuel tank and let the engine run for at least 10 minutes so that the stabilizer reaches all parts of the engine. This will ensure your fuel system doesn’t get ruined and will save you a thousand dollar headache.