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Message Subject: Winterizing boat
TEX
Posted 9/23/2017 3:34 PM (#879011)
Subject: Winterizing boat




Posts: 112


Location: SUN PRAIRIE WI
How much do you folks usually pay to get your boats wintereized
I have A 75hp merc been paying about $240 I got A quote from another marina for $65
The $65 guy says he can not justify it costing that much
NathanH
Posted 9/23/2017 3:38 PM (#879012 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: RE: Winterizing boat





Posts: 713


Location: MN
What's he doing? I do it my self and I must have about 50 dollars in supplies. 240 seems too high
esoxaddict
Posted 9/23/2017 3:47 PM (#879014 - in reply to #879012)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat





Posts: 6829


That seems high to me. If it's like the auto business, , though, labor is what, $120/hour?
Pepper
Posted 9/23/2017 4:23 PM (#879015 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 1028


Got a quote for $340.00. Seemed high to me.
horsehunter
Posted 9/23/2017 4:53 PM (#879016 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 1928


Location: Eastern Ontario
Can`t see oil, filter and gear oil costing much over $70 and taking much more than 35, 40 minutes so what all else are they doing
Pepper
Posted 9/23/2017 5:14 PM (#879019 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 1028


Fogging cylinders , treating gas, anti freeze in live wells
horsehunter
Posted 9/23/2017 6:33 PM (#879024 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 1928


Location: Eastern Ontario
My Suzuki's don't call for fogging. I'm not sure if other 4 strokes that are fuel injected call for it. never have needed to do anything with live wells they drain completely. I do remove the check valves for my bilge pumps. I run gas containing no ethanol all year and start adding stabilizer towards the end of October. When I put the boat up in late November I usually have a full tank of gas. I'm not really sure if this is better than storing with very little gas and filling with fresh gas in May. I was told by our local fuel dealer that gas degrades less if the boat is stored outdoors than if stored in a heated building.
After i do my motors I remove my batteries seats trolling motor I prop all hatches open and spread Bounce dryer sheets liberally around the boat and in all hatches. At this point a guy comes and shrink wraps the boat also installing a zippered access in case i feel like looking or getting inside over the winter

This is the first year I left my boat in the water since early Aug at a marina on the St. Lawrence not looking forward to cleaning the bottom. A friend who left his boat in the water 7 weeks for the Lake Ontario Salmon Hunt used Spray Nine Boat Bottom Cleaner and said it worked really well and is safe for tin boats.

Edited by horsehunter 9/23/2017 6:43 PM
Fishysam
Posted 9/23/2017 7:40 PM (#879033 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 808


Neither 65 or. 240 seem right. In in for 125- 170$

My book tells me plugs yearly or 100 hours there 130$ And a rule filter at 60$ and then gear lube idk 15$??? Labor @80$ for an hour, if doing all that I'd say it's possible for a 240 bill, I'm sure the 65$ job is just diff lube. Just see what all the dealer is doing
tkuntz
Posted 9/23/2017 9:43 PM (#879045 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 697


Location: Waukee, IA
$240 for winterization makes me glad that I know how to turn a wrench.
miket55
Posted 9/23/2017 11:21 PM (#879051 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 415


Location: E. Tenn
all that makes me glad I live down south...where musky season has just begun..
TEX
Posted 9/24/2017 2:41 PM (#879114 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 112


Location: SUN PRAIRIE WI
the bill says
stabilize fuel
run stabilizer thru engine drain
change gear lube in drive unit
grease drive unit fittings
change oil and filter
grease trailer bearing buddies external only
Emptynet
Posted 9/24/2017 2:47 PM (#879115 - in reply to #879051)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 280


Location: WI
You really pay somebody to winterize for you? It takes less time than hooking up the trailer & taking it to a shop. (sarcastic disbelief over) Lower unit lube is a 10 min job and fogging my E Tec is done at the landing after the last day of fishing for the year. A Qt. of lower unit lube & a pump costs about $20, & the only tool needed is 1 Allen wrench.
North of 8
Posted 9/24/2017 2:58 PM (#879116 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 1757


I do my fishing boat with a 90 hp Suzuki, but my pontoon I have the dealership do it. For $220, they take it from the lake, change oil, filter, lower unit, stabilize fuel and bring it back and put it in my storage garage (90hp merc 4stk). I don't have a trailer and I think it is worth that.

Edited by North of 8 9/24/2017 2:59 PM
horsehunter
Posted 9/24/2017 3:40 PM (#879125 - in reply to #879116)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 1928


Location: Eastern Ontario
North of 8 - 9/24/2017 3:58 PM

I do my fishing boat with a 90 hp Suzuki, but my pontoon I have the dealership do it. For $220, they take it from the lake, change oil, filter, lower unit, stabilize fuel and bring it back and put it in my storage garage (90hp merc 4stk). I don't have a trailer and I think it is worth that.


That seems quite reasonable. What do they charge to put it back in in the spring. I wonder if there is any value in stabilizing fuel after its been in the tank for a while rather than at time of purchase. My boat holds 32 gal and I keep it topped up so I stabilize all fuel from now till i pull boat at end of Nov.
North of 8
Posted 9/24/2017 3:51 PM (#879127 - in reply to #879125)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 1757


horsehunter - 9/24/2017 3:40 PM

North of 8 - 9/24/2017 3:58 PM

I do my fishing boat with a 90 hp Suzuki, but my pontoon I have the dealership do it. For $220, they take it from the lake, change oil, filter, lower unit, stabilize fuel and bring it back and put it in my storage garage (90hp merc 4stk). I don't have a trailer and I think it is worth that.


That seems quite reasonable. What do they charge to put it back in in the spring. I wonder if there is any value in stabilizing fuel after its been in the tank for a while rather than at time of purchase. My boat holds 32 gal and I keep it topped up so I stabilize all fuel from now till i pull boat at end of Nov.


I borrow a trailer in the spring and put it in myself. The fellow I borrow the trailer from takes his out early, stores it on the trailer, so not available in the fall. I think the dealership is either $50 or $75 one way but I am only 4 miles from shop. The charge by distance. To me it is worth it to have a insured dealer do it. And all season I do add a can of seafoam for every 10 gallons.

tolle141
Posted 9/24/2017 9:14 PM (#879169 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat





Posts: 797


If it's a 2 stroke, run a bunch of seafoam'd gas through it, fog it, change lower unit, and pour RV antifreeze ($3 @ walmart) into the livewells.

4 strokes you skip the fogging. Every few years I take it in for the impeller replacement and to look it over.
Musky_Mo16
Posted 9/24/2017 9:46 PM (#879171 - in reply to #879169)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat




Posts: 684


Location: Apparently where the Muskie aren't
Don't want to highjack the thread but do you guys do anything special if you run your boats (2 stroke) during the winter only, on a weekly basis? I've never did anything to it in past years but I'm wondering if I should. The boat only sees water between mid October and and fabruary. Then it sits all summer. Any special care for use in freezing conditions?
Sidejack
Posted 9/25/2017 12:15 AM (#879177 - in reply to #879011)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat





Posts: 792


If you were real muskie fisherman, yer livewells would be permanently plugged and converted to storage.
14ledo81
Posted 9/25/2017 1:05 AM (#879181 - in reply to #879177)
Subject: Re: Winterizing boat





Posts: 1153


Location: Ashland WI
Sidejack - 9/25/2017 12:15 AM

If you were real muskie fisherman, yer livewells would be permanently plugged and converted to storage.


Except I need them for suckers......
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