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Old 11-15-2010, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My boat has always been stored in my garage for the winter, but I have made the very difficult decision to store it outside this year. Of course I will drain the lower end of both motors and cover it, but I need to know if there is anything else I should do. I have an on board charger for my trolling motor batteries. Should I take them out? If so, what to do with them?

My main concern is not killing my batteries. The boat is completely dry so no water in the systems to worry about.

Any other suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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leave your batteries in and run an extension coard to your on board charger and put some stabil in your gas it is also best to have a full gas tank so water won't condesce in a less than full tank. are you going to store it beside your garrage or behind the house?
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure where, but most likely way behind my house on the north side of the lot. Kinda rough to get power there though... Really don't want to leave it plugged in outside....but will if I have to.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think it is better to keep the batteries maintained. If you don't want to leave them in the boat, then make sure you store them on top of wood blocks and not flat on concrete or the ground.

Brace the cover from underneath, snow accumulation will sag the cover and you'll end up with leaks or a rotten cover. I would also buy some cheap screen door mesh, block off the openings under the cover at the back of the boat. wild cats, skunks, racoons all love a cozy covered boat during the winter. Learned that one the smelly way. You need to have ventiation under the cover though, hence the mesh.

Most of all, just be sure to apologize to the boat on a weekly basis. Tell her you still love her and this is only temporary.

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Old 11-15-2010, 01:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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you should be able to reach that with a 100foot extension cord. leave the boat pluged in for a couple of days each month will keep your batteries good. if you leave the boat hooked up all you need to do is plug the cord in at the house every couple of weeks. i also like to plug them in on any night that are going to be below zero, i know a charged battery won't freeze but i feel that if they have a little help at below zero temps it can't hurt
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Apply fogging oil to your motor. Not only via the carb throat(s), but also a few squirts in each cylinder with the spark plug removed. Remove the safety lanyard, and crank it over a few times to thoroughly distribute the oil in the cylinders without firing the motor.
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NEVER gonna winterize my boat!! Taking it out again this weekend !
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