I'll use my boat during a Seattle winter 4 the 1st time, how often should I run it in lieu of winterizing? Any battery care or other tips?
Well gly Im not sure how cold it gets there, but I would leave the battery charger on,just check the water in them,also if you have some sort of canvas on it I wound support the top bows with a board in case you get snow,and if you can get cold temps I would install a engine room heater,also think about the fresh water system drain it if you are not using it two reasons in case it freezes also keeps the garbage from growing in it,and lastly if you get ice around the boat you might want to think of a bubbler system,the other thing is to talk to others in the area and see what they do for the winter good luck and have fun we dont get that here up north cheers :-)
Myles is right on. Also remember that "winter" storage isnt just about defense against the cold. ANY time you wont be using your boat for protracted periods, you should make sure to add stabilizer to the fuel, keep the batteries charged, and consider fogging the engine(s).So even if I lived in the south and was going away on business for a couple months, I'd probably "winterize" my boat.
With boats "use it or lose it" has real meaning.