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You need to properly prepare your boat and motor

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-09-09

Keep new pontoon boats fueled up

The first thing you need to do to winterize a pontoon boat is fill the fuel tank to nearly full (allowing some room for expansion) and add stabilizer to the tank. Failure to do this can allow air into the tank, which will cause clogging and corrosion. Turn off all the fuel valves on your fishing pontoon boats. Seal off any through-hull exhaust ports with duct tape, which will help prevent internal condensation. Remember to also replace the water separator and fuel filter on your Lowe Pontoon or Harris Flotebote Pontoon.

Protect the Engines on Pontoon Boats New

When custom pontoon boats are not being used for a period of time, oil will settle at the bottom of the engine block, exposing the valves and pistons and to humidity, air, and corrosive materials. To prevent this, some pontoon manufacturers recommend removing the spark plugs and spraying fogging oil in the spark plug holes, as well as inside the carburetor. Replace the spark plugs but do not reconnect the wires. Doing this will provide a much-needed protective coating for your boat's essential engine parts. Also, consider replacing your engine's old oil with new, fresh oil.

Use the Correct Antifreeze When Storing Pontoon Boats

If the engine on your Cypress Cay Pontoon uses coolant, drain the fluid from the engine manifolds and block, and replace it with a propylene glycol base antifreeze. The EPA and other environmental organizations have pressured companies to produce more environmentally friendly antifreeze, but many products have an ethylene glycol base, which is known to release harmful toxins into the water. Propylene glycol antifreeze is not only better for the environment, most pontoon boat manufacturers maintain that it's also better for your engine.

Remove Your Electronics and Battery

If you plan to store your Princecraft Pontoon out of water, disconnect the battery and bring it home for protection against theft. This will also allow for easier maintenance. Make sure the battery is fully charged prior to stowing it away. Pontoon boat dealers do not recommend removing your boat's battery, however, if the boat will be stored in the water during the winter months. Personal pontoon boats that are left in the water should have the battery connected so the electronic bilge pump will function properly if need be.

Check the Engine's Propeller

Prepping for winter is a good opportunity to check your boat's hub and propeller. Pontoon manufacturers suggest that if your prop blades have become bent or nicked during the boating season, overall performance can decrease. If you notice this type of damage, replace the propeller, making any other necessary repairs during this winterization process. This will prevent you from having to worry about these things once spring comes around. Pontoon boat dealers will help you determine the most effective prop to purchase.

Clean Your Fishing Pontoon Boats Really Well

This is a major step in winterizing your pontoon. Make sure to give custom pontoon boats and pontoon boats new a good cleaning on both the interior and exterior. Storing Premier Pontoon Boats with scum, dirt and mollusks on the hull, means these things will be more difficult to remove in the springtime. Pontoon boat manufacturers suggest you apply a quality polish to create a protective barrier against dirt and dust, after you have thoroughly cleaned the boat's exterior. When scrubbing the interior, completely clean the vinyl, teak, and carpeting. Mildew can grow in these are areas when dirt is combined with moisture, and the boat is tightly covered and stored in a cool environment.

Put New Pontoon Boats on a Block

Regardless of what brand you own (Cypress Cay Pontoon, Lowe Pontoon, Harris Flotebote Pontoon, Princecraft Pontoon or Premier Pontoon Boats) if you trailer the boat, it's a great idea to prop the boat and trailer on a block during winter. This will take pressure off of the tires while it's being stored. Inspect your trailer's tires for wear and tear, and grease the wheel bearings, replacing them if necessary.

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