Winterization is crucial in order to protect your boat engine and motor during the winter months and off seasons. During the winter months, boats often sit unused for an extended periods of time. If a boat isn’t properly winterized, moisture will trap iteself in the interior components of the engine, causing corrosion. Corrosion and rust in an engine is as destructive as a block that freezes and cracks. Proper winterization demands professional anti-corrosion techniques.
Additionally, when fuel sits for extended lengths of time, the components separate. Once the components are separated, the damage is irreversible. Stabilizer in the spring will do nothing for your fuel as it must be added in the fall. You will then need your fuel system professionally drained and cleaned. This repair is costly and easily preventable.
This will vary a bit depending on the specific engine and drive system. It’s always best to check with the manufacturer, and follow their specific recommendations.
As a general rule of thumb most people find that annual maintenance costs run about 10-percent of the cost of the boat, or less.
To be blunt, lots of it. Looking at a five-year-old boat that has been cared for versus one that wasn’t washed and maintained you can see an obvious difference. Even worse are the engine problems that accompany a lack of maintenance.
This is debatable, but the vast majority of modern aluminum and fiberglass boats require much less maintenance than boats built years ago. When it comes to boats built with alternative materials, like polyethylene boat maintenance or steel boat maintenance, it’s still a mere fraction of that for those old wooden boats..
All engines of any type require maintenance to one degree or another, and boat engines work harder than many other types of engines because they’re often run at high rpm for extended periods of time. What maintenance is necessary on a boat? Engine, hull and topsides, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, moving parts, and canvass and upholstery all need to be maintained on a boat.