Each year about this time we see our first frost of
the season. Most of your minds are focused in on the
upcoming Holiday Seasons, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Our house is no exception. We are looking forward
to seeing family and friends during this time.
As boat owners, however, it is also time, perhaps
even a little tardy, for us to take care to protect
the investment we have in our boats and personal water
craft (PWC's). This often-overlooked chore can mean
a great deal of disappointment and money come spring,
when most people's thoughts turn back to boating.
A little effort on your part now can save, save, save
next spring. Let's take a look at some of the things
we need to do.
If you are not mechanically inclined, you might want
to consider taking your boat or PWC to a local boat
service center to be winterized. Locally in Corsicana
and Navarro County, Blake's Boats is a great place
to have your boat winterized. Your fuel system needs
checking and protecting. Fogging the engine with a
qualified protect will protect your engine from rust
and oxidation. A good charge on your battery or even
having it removed prior to long periods of exposure
to cold weather is also a good idea. Fuel tanks should
also be treated to reduce water build up over the
winter that can cause carburetor damage or prevent
the engine from running.
At the Lester household, we also have our PWC winterized
each year by Kenneth Napps, owner of Cedar Creek Water
Sports. Since we bought the PWC from Kenneth, he has
always been willing to stop by and take it with him
on his way to work and return it after the work is
complete. Either way, I don't want to forget to protect
it, too. The last thing I want is to have my two girls
upset with me because it won't start or run when they
are ready for it in the spring.
Remember what they say, an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure
now convert that to dollars
Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors.
For more information or to contact Tom, visit him
at Fishing Pro Staff.