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It is the time of year we all dread: the off season. Depending on where you live it might get cold enough to where you need to look into winterizing your boat. I always recommend speaking to your dealer or checking your boat’s manual to make sure you take the necessary steps that your boat needs to make it through the potentially frosty weeks ahead, but I’m here to give you a general idea of how to prepare because winter is coming. (😜)

Why winterize and what does it mean? If you live in a climate where the temperature drops below freezing, the leftover water in your engine could potentially freeze and cause damage to your boat. By winterizing it, you run antifreeze through your engine to keep that from happening. There are different methods and steps you need to take depending on your model, sometimes you might need to drain water out of the engine before starting. 

In this video I will show you what I do to my boat, which is fairly easy and straightforward. I live in North Carolina so the weather here stay pretty mild. For the most part, we will have cold fronts below freezing temperature that only last during the night. I only winterize my boat if I am planning to go out of town and want to have peace of mind on my trip.

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