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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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When do you take your boat/jetski or whatever engine powered watercraft you have to get winterized?

I took one in yesterday and I have two more to go. Even with a wetsuit I'm not brave enought to go out on a lake in this cold.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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If you havnt winterized yet you should get on it. I usally always have ours done by the 1st of oct, after that 95% of the time its too chilly to ride anyways.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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If you havnt winterized yet you should get on it. I usally always have ours done by the 1st of oct, after that 95% of the time its too chilly to ride anyways.
I was procrastinating by hoping for one more nice weekend.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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I'm winterizing this weekend. It's time.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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I was procrastinating by hoping for one more nice weekend.
procrastinating winterizing is not something I would recommend, mother nature is pretty unpredictable, buddy last year did the same thing it was the first year he owed a boat, and waited too long and he paid the price with a crack in the block. 9/10 those nice days are over and you need to accept that. Summer is over. Winterize it before its too late and next year do it early enough so you can pick a nice weather day. By oct 1st or shortly after is when I shoot to take out my dock and get everything winterized, most of my neighbors do it right after labor day, and I squeeze an extra 3-4 weeks out of the season for those 1 or 2 nice days. But I have learned not to push it too far or Im pulling shit in the snow/cold. I mean its been 15 days since I winterized mine and its been snowing the last 3 days and its still oct.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #6
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I've done as late as December but more and more I'm doing it earlier. Both boats and both jet skis have been done for a couple weeks. The motorhome gets it tomorrow.
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I take my boat to wilsons for winterizing.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 01:34 PM   #8
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Wilsons doesn't do jetkis anymore. I take my yamaha to Wonderland Marine, and the two others I think I will try CNC sports in Brighton.
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Wilsons doesn't do jetkis anymore. I take my yamaha to Wonderland Marine, and the two others I think I will try CNC sports in Brighton.
jetski's are very easy to do. Just youtube it. Most just need a funnel and some rv antifreeze. You pour into where you hook your garden hose up to and keep filling until it pours out the bottom of the jetski. Boats are harder to do and I just get ours professionally done and shrink wrapped at the same time.
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jetski's are very easy to do. Just youtube it. Most just need a funnel and some rv antifreeze. You pour into where you hook your garden hose up to and keep filling until it pours out the bottom of the jetski. Boats are harder to do and I just get ours professionally done and shrink wrapped at the same time.
I know they're "easy" to do. I even bought some kit at Wilson's a few years back to do it myself. I was always afraid that I would do it wrong.

Wonderland charges $125 just to winterize and CNC said $89.

Maybe I'll save myself $178 and do it myself.
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I know they're "easy" to do. I even bought some kit at Wilson's a few years back to do it myself. I was always afraid that I would do it wrong.

Wonderland charges $125 just to winterize and CNC said $89.

Maybe I'll save myself $178 and do it myself.
Some models are easier than others, but our Polaris's were pretty damn easy since they had a garden hose attachment right on top of the motor. 1 gallon of RV antifreeze, 1 bendable funnel, and 1 can of engine storage spray and some stable in the gas tank and disconnect the battery. Saves a lot of money.
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Wow you guys spend a lot of money for nothing. I dry start my jet skis & rev them till water stops coming out. Pull the battery & done. Sometimes I fog it, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I pull the plug & put oil in the cylinder, sometimes I don't. I've never had a problem. I always run Stabil into the gas.
My inboard is almost as simple. Drain the block, water pump & exhaust manifolds. Pull the thermostat & dump some rv antifreeze in till it starts to drain out the block drains. Pull the battery & done.
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Wow you guys spend a lot of money for nothing. I dry start my jet skis & rev them till water stops coming out. Pull the battery & done. Sometimes I fog it, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I pull the plug & put oil in the cylinder, sometimes I don't. I've never had a problem. I always run Stabil into the gas.
My inboard is almost as simple. Drain the block, water pump & exhaust manifolds. Pull the thermostat & dump some rv antifreeze in till it starts to drain out the block drains. Pull the battery & done.
I mostly agree.

I prefer to run my stuff out of gas (2 stroke machines) rather than letting bad gas sit in them all year. I always like to do a few drops of oil in each cylinder.
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winterized my camper today. cost me under $9. the onboard water heater bypass, and winterizer kit is so easy to work with! took me 15 mins.
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I put my outboard down and look at the gear fluid to make sure there isn't any water in it.....stabil in the gas tank and call it a day.
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I winterized my fishing boat.

Took the outboard motor off and carried it to the basement.

I told my wife that I'm going to do the other two jetskis myself. I got yelled at that I spent so much money to winterize the other one.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 05:25 PM   #17
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The pontoon is still in the water. It will not get pulled for another couple of weeks. I need to fog the speedboat, we pulled that out about two weeks after Labor Day.
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Wow you guys spend a lot of money for nothing. I dry start my jet skis & rev them till water stops coming out. Pull the battery & done. Sometimes I fog it, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I pull the plug & put oil in the cylinder, sometimes I don't. I've never had a problem. I always run Stabil into the gas.
Ditto.

Granted, mine are simple two-strokes...
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I'll be bringing mine home this week since summer storage is over. but we're planning to sail Sunday still!
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Winterized my camper tonight, how ever just a heads up my lines froze up a tad inside and toilet was frozen, must have happened last night.. All is good now, i drained all the water and put 5 gallons of rv antifreeze though it. Should be good now.
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