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Winterization time is on Us!
winter is coming soon and you need
to be ready for it. Don't trust your garage to keep your block from
cracking! We replace one or two engines every year from heated garages that
are not so heated when the house has no power for a few days from the storm.
You should also remember that this is the time for general service. Fluid
and filter changes. Don't leave water in your drive lube or transmission all
winter rusting things up. Find that kind of problem before it gets
expensive. Your boat should be put away to sit for the winter with clean
oils, new filters and fuel stabilizer in your full fuel tank. Fuel
stabilizer will keep the fuel good for up to 14 months and helps keep water
out of your fuel system. Our winterize package is tailored to your boat and
boating needs. We service/winterize all brands of inboards (v-drive and
direct drive) stern drives and outboards. If it makes your boat move we work
deck and hull cleaner, some people just use Joy dish soap since it is
environmentally friendly; joy may leave residue, however you can purchase
the right cleaning supplies, right here at R&M Marine, Inc. For stains and
grime on your seats use Crusader, spray and let soak then take your Magic
Eraser and start in! Follow the Crusader with mold cleaner/killer if needed,
then wipe everything off with plain water and let dry. Next use a vinyl
protector, like Surface Guard. This feeds and keeps the elasticity to your
vinyl. If you have teak make sure you brighten it then oil it for the up and
coming season. Finish off your boat with a nice coating of wax for the
boat and polish all the metal.
Inspect your hull:
This is the time to
look over the whole of your boat, paying close attention to the hull, look
for scratches, gouges and blisters. These things are most important to get
fixed if at or under water line. Check your bellows (rubber part where the
drive connects) if they are hard replace right away. While spider cracking
may occur above water line this is not that big of a deal. However if you
have a Wake Tower look around itís base, if there is spider cracking there,
this could be a issue. Bring it in for reinforcements to be checked. If
your boat is an outboard make sure your bolts are tight and no dry rot
noticed. Check your Zincís make sure they are corrosion free, if not take a
wire brush to them, if there is major pitting call R&M Marine, Inc. for
replacements (this is most important for moored boats). If you banged your
prop the prior year it is a good thing to have R&M Marine, Inc. check for
prop shaft alignment. Check for frayed ropes, missing fenders, window leaks,
safety equipment (NOT OUT OF DATE), lights inside and out. Also, if you
have a cabin, make sure hose clamps and fitting are on and not getting
corroded. Oh and you must not forget to clean up that tackle and make it
Other to doís:
Put battery on a slow
trickle charge for optimal charge, make sure terminals are clean and
corrosion free, do your oil change if you not in our program (we encourage
our customers to do oil change/GP service at time of Winterize to save your
pocket book). Make sure all your hoses are connected inside the motor or
Call R&M Marine, Inc. and schedule your Drive-up Drive-out DE Winterize. It
takes around 20 minutes and your done, donít even unhook your boat. Check
trailer lights, grease winch and swing tongue, look for corroded wires,
inspect tires and pack bearings.
Best practice for boating is to be prepared for each
family member, here is a start of your list add to it.
The above shows memory. Impellor sit of set,
when unused they hold memory and don't open to suck up water,
Effect over heat or worse.
This Impellor is brittle, this goes beyond memory,
dry storage is hard on these parts and with a lack of use they first get
memory then become very brittle. This is why you should be
starting on hose and checking your water flow instantly.
When was the last time you did your
Water Pump Impellor?
Your water pump impellor has
a life span of about 3-5 years and should be done as a part
of your maintenance
on the boat.
ALSO when you first purchase
a boat you should
do this first thing before running around a lot.
This is the life blood of your engine, make sure
it operates correctly. The water pump
impeller is made of neoprene, this will
become brittle over time, and can allo
breakage. If your water pump
fails to pump water, then, well your hosed! Don't let it be
you, don't risk
your motors, it's an expensive fix if you blow your motor, so just get your
water pump done today! That way you wont waste your boating time, trying to get
the motor replaced, or rebuilt... Once
the water pump is done write down the year it
done then you know, and in three years you should
get it done again.
Have you done your
Did you know your bellows need changed every two
years with Volvo Penta drives
and every 3-5 years with Mercruiser drive
Have you done yours lately?
The bellows are a water seal and is the large
black rubber tubing that surrounds the
u-joints and also protects the gimble
bearing. You can see these from the back of
the boat and is where the drive
unit goes into the stern of the boat, if you see
cracking on these parts, you
are at extreme risk of damage, bring your boat in immediately
for replacement (R&R U-joint
R&M Marine, INC. believes in maintenance rather
than repairs, there is a dramatic
Remember Maintaining your boat makes for happy boats as well as happy
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