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WINTERIZATION

WINTERIZING ISN'T LIKE
YOUR DAD DID IT:

MODERN METHODS FOR MODERN BOATS

Story | Andrew McDonald, Lakeside Marine Services
"They don't make 'em like they used
to", is a phrase that many of us are
familiar with. Most of the time it is in
reference to a bygone era of better, and
it's used to lament the sorry state of what
we have today. It is a phrase that can
be applied to many areas of our lives:
architecture, art, furniture, tools. Boats?
I would argue that they don't make them
like they used to. But, is that lamentable,
or is it progress?
Progress, I think. With this concept
in mind, as we enter another season of
putting boats to bed for the winter, why
do we winterize as we always have? We
need to adapt and update our winterizing methods to keep up with the evolving systems on modern boats.
In our Parent's and Grandparent's
time, winterizing was simple. Drain
the water. Run antifreeze through the
engine. Disconnect the battery and store
it. Simple.
Technology, space-age materials,
modern conveniences, innovative products, applications from other industries
(home building, automotive technology,
military), as well as modern environmental concerns have changed every
aspect of boat maintenance - and this
is most acutely seen in the way modern
boats should be winterized.

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Winterizing achieves two goals:
it protects the on-board systems from
freezing damage in the sub-zero temperatures of northern climates, and it
prepares the systems for long-term storage. Each on-board system has its own
particular needs, and these needs have
evolved with new products, treatments,
materials and system complexity. It's
tough to keep up so, I've spoken with
some experts in the industry - here is a
breakdown of their recommendations:

Two Merc 400s

ENGINE
Winterizing the engine has become
a strategic process; several systems need
to be addressed and it's most efficient to
complete the tasks in order; some in the
water, some on the hard.

THE LUBRICATION SYSTEM
Oil allows the moving parts inside
the engine to move freely - it lubricates, cools and optimizes efficiency.
Manufacturers recommend that engine
oil and filters be changed every 100
hours, or annually (whichever comes
first). Changing the oil in the fall makes
sense; it removes any water, contaminants, particles and debris from settling
inside the engine over the winter and
gives a smoother start next spring. It's
best to change the oil when the engine is
warm and just before the boat is hauled.
Run the engine up to temperature, stop,
drain the old oil, change the filter and
fill with the recommended oil. As part of
this process, check/replace transmission
fluid, power steering fluid and hydraulic
fluids. On sterndrive units and outboard
engines, drain and replace gear lube.
THE FUEL SYSTEM
At the same time, the fuel system
can be addressed; fuel tank, lines, filters,
carburetor, injectors and spark plugs.
One of the 'hot button' issues in
modern boating is ethanol in gasoline.
This needs to be understood when preparing for winter.
Ethanol blended fuel has become

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Canadian Yachting October 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2020

AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
FEATURE: WINTERIZING
CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 4
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 5
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 7
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - FEATURE: WINTERIZING
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
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