8. To winterize your saltwater-cooled I/O engine, you should: a. freeze it in your icebox. b. stop the engine, open the engine's water drains, close the drains, then fill them with antifreeze. c. stop the engine and fill it with distilled water. d. drain the engine block-no antifreeze is needed.
9. How do you winterize your boat's batteries? a. Do nothing; they don't need to be winterized. b. Leave them onboard and charge them every two weeks. c. Turn on all electronics and appliances in your boat to keep the batteries warm. d. Store them in a place that affords protection from freezing.
10. The best way to protect the boat from the harsh winter elements is to: a. store the boat indoors. b. shrink-wrap the entire boat. c. tie a tarp over the cabin. d. a. or b. 11. Your I/O or inboard's engine oil should be: a. topped off to the full mark. b. changed at the same time as the filter. c. allowed to sit for the winter so that it drains down. d. left alone - oil is multiseason certified.
12. Your boat's zinc anodes appear to be about a third of their original size. a. Add at least one more to the lower unit. b. Replace them with stainless-steel anodes, which last longer. c. This is a normal condition. Replace them in the spring. d. Don't change them. You have two more seasons before they are completely gone.
Bonus: The lower unit gear oil on your boat's outboard should be: a. left alone. b. drained now and refilled in spring. c. drained and refilled now. d. drained and refilled in 2022.
ANSWERS 1: b. 2: b. This is especially important in areas of the country using oxygenated gas. A fuel/water filter will take care of any condensation within the tank. 3: d. 4: d. 5: e. 6: c. Fogging oil coats the engine and prevents rust and corrosion during periods of storage. 7: b. 8: b. 9: d. 10: d. 11: b. 12: c. Bonus: c. The gear oil should be checked for water contamination during the winterization process.
RATINGS 9+ Gather your tools and wools, grab a hot toddy, and meet me in front of the fireplace, you're ready for winter. 7-8 You can join me at the fireplace after you finish reading that winterization manual. 3-6 You'd better stick to tropical locales. 0-2 I hear there's a boat in Siberia that needs some work.