The North Pole may be melting, but your marina will soon be on ice. Before you roast chestnuts and hibernate for the winter, you need to pay your boat some attention. Do you know how to help your boat survive the cold?
1. What's a good indication that it's time to winterize your boat? a. Small icebergs have replaced all the other boats at the marina. b. Air temperatures hover around the freezing mark. c. Thanksgiving. d. Icicles hanging from your boat's faucets.
2. Before stabilizing your fuel, you should: a. make sure the gas tank is full to avoid condensation. b. run your tank or tanks as empty as possible. c. leave the tanks half full. d. stabilize yourself.
3. You've hauled your boat out of the water and there are barnacles and green slime all over the bottom. The easiest way to remove these is: a. to let them dry until next spring when they can be chiseled off. b. with a toothbrush. c. by doing nothing. You put a new coat of bottom paint on this past spring, so there's no need to clean the bottom. d. by applying a commercial boat bottom cleaner and pressure washing the bottom.
4. To avoid mildew in the cabin, you should: a. strip the cabin bare, including the cushions. b. place a mildew-retardant chemical in the cabin. c. leave doors and windows open for air circulation. d. All of the above.
5. To protect the freshwater system during the cold winter months, you should: a. flush boiling water through it twice a day. b. add a cup of nontoxic antifreeze for each gallon of water in the tank. c. drain the system, add nontoxic antifreeze, and then run the system until antifreeze comes out the faucets. d. drain the system, then blow it out with compressed air. e. c. or d.
6. Your outboards are going to be stored in a heated garage. To prepare, you should: a. ask your wife if it's okay. b. run the engines until they're empty of fuel. c. run the engines empty and fog them. d. start the engines every week to keep them lubricated.
7. Having completed fogging your new four-stroke, what's your next winterizing step? a. Add antifreeze to the engine's cooling system and store it in a tilted position. b. Store your engine in an upright position so your block will drain. c. Run the engine without a cooling supply to drain all the water. d. None of the above.