Do you have to winterize a outboard motor?

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Can I leave my outboard in the water during winter?

A boat can be left in the water during the winter or year-round if you take necessary precautions to tackle the challenges of a boat being in the waters for long periods. However, you need to keep in mind that there is always a risk correlated with storing the boat in the water than dry storing.

Do I need to winterize my 4 stroke outboard?

Like inboards and sterndrives, outboard engines are also subject to potential damage from freezing and from being laid up in disuse for months at a time. So outboards demand winterizing too.

Do outboards need antifreeze?

You do not need to run antifreeze through an outboard, period. They’re designed to drain completely in the tilted-down position, and do not need an ounce of antifreeze.

How much does it cost to winterize an outboard motor?

If you bring your boat to a shop to have it winterized, you can expect to pay between $300 and $400.

Do I need to winterize my boat if I keep it in the garage?

Of course, as BOATUS states, the best winter storage space for your boat is “indoors, in a climate‑controlled facility with a backup generator.” This means that you need control over the temperature in your garage. A good garage door that seals out the cold will help keep your boat safe over the winter.

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When should you winterize your boat?

During winter, if nighttime lows dip into the 30s, you are among the majority of boaters who should winterize. That includes areas prone to short-lived cold snaps that rebound to warmer temperatures. If you are mechanically inclined, approach it as a DIY project.

How cold is too cold for an outboard motor?

Unwinterized boat engines can freeze any time the air temperature is below 28°F (-2°C) – for an extended period. Freshwater cooled engines without proper coolant can freeze below 32°F (0°C). The good news is you can prevent freeze damage fairly easily.

Do outboards self drain?

All outboards have a self-draining cooling system. There is no reason to start the motor with the notion that you are going to purge the last drops from the water pump housing. … It needs water for lubrication.

How cold is too cold for a boat?

Any temp less than 70 degrees is dangerous. So really, probably the worst thing about cold weather boating is the danger if you fall in. If it’s really cold and you are bundled up, you don’t have as much flexibility. If you have gloves on, you can’t get the same grip.