HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- As winter approaches, boat owners are getting their boats out of the water and put away for the winter. Before boats go into storage, there are some steps that should be taken.
The service manager at Hamlin's Marina in Hampden, Reid Garrity, said before winterizing an outboard it is important to change the oil and gear lube oil. Garrity also recommends draining all of the fuel, then running a fogging stabilizer through the engine, but one of the most important things to do, is to make sure there is no water in the lower unit because that can cause serious damage.
"Freeze damage in the lower unit is probably the most vulnerable spot. That is in the water 100 percent of the time while a boat's underway and there are gaskets that can leak and if you have water in your lower unit and it freezes, you will do sever damage to the gear carrier that's in there," Garrity said.
Garrity recommends taking your outboard to a boat dealer or marina if you do not have the proper tools. He said the most difficult part in winterizing newer outboards is getting to the filters and spark plugs.