Get out fishing and take advantage of El Nino's warm weather
We’re having a late start to winter. For those of us who are less-than-ardent fans of winter and its silent sports, that’s a good thing. For those of you who are less-than-ardent fans of winterizing your boat that’s also a good thing.
By now you should have had the major winterizing chores done, things like draining the engine block, changing the lower unit oil and the rest. If not, quit reading this and go do it now! But there are other, less vital winterizing chores you need to check on, as well.
If you are lucky enough to have indoor storage space for ol’ Wavewhacker, some of this may not apply but for the rest of you who park the boat out behind the garage, take advantage of this delayed start to winter to make a couple of quick checks. When spring comes, you’ll be glad you did.
Check the level of your boat. I’m sure you pulled the plug out of the boat to allow any water in the bilge to drain away, but has that level changed?
That little wheel on the trailer jack has a way of digging into the earth as freeze/thaw cycles occur, moles work their magic or for other reasons. Make sure Wavewhacker’s bow is higher than the stern. Frozen bilgewater is nothing but trouble.
The leaves are now down from the trees. I’m sure you raked or blew the ones in the front yard as any responsible home owner would do. What about the ones behind the garage where Wavewhacker lives for the winter? Be sure to remove those reposed on the boat’s winter cover. Brush them off before they gather, stain and possibly rip the canvas.
I hate removing the battery from my boat. The manufacturer couldn’t have positioned it in a less convenient spot. So I no longer include that as one of my winterizing chores. But I don’t just cross my fingers and hope Mr. 12-V is still functional in the spring. I bought a float charger and just run an extension cord to the charger and hook the clamps to the battery posts. It keeps the battery charged over the winter and won’t let it freeze. In the spring, it’s ready to go.
If nothing else, just take this El Nino opportunity to take a walk around your domain with your feet touching the ground. A year ago you’d have needed snowshoes!