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Old 08-29-2002, 11:02 AM
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Default Houston boaters: Do you winterize? If so, when?

I had my jetski out in November a couple of years ago, and was back out as early as March. Would've used it between but the water was too cold.

I would imagine that boats can run year round around here, but do you have to take any precautions for winter? Do you actually do a full winterization?

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Old 08-29-2002, 11:21 AM
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I keep my boat & waverunners in the toy box so I do worry about winterizing. If you keep it outside I would say you need to winterize it. We only have about 1-5 days that it freezes per year. You just have to watch out for when temp goes below freezing & does not get above freezing until day or so latter.
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Old 08-29-2002, 11:24 AM
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Default Yes, and no. . .

You can get away with not winterizing about 2 out of every 3 years. . . you guess which years!

Seriously though, if I a have my boat/pwc in my garage (no heater, but attached to house), I don't winterize it. When I leave the boat on the lift, I winterize, but its got a 496 HO and it only takes about 30 seconds to do so.

Probably best to winterize, that way you can sleep well on those rare cold Houston nights.

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Old 08-29-2002, 11:41 AM
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Thanks...

The boat DOES live outside. I guess I'll take the cautious route.

Question though... correct me if I'm wrong, but you do have to de-winterize it before it goes back out, right?

Reason I ask is that I'll probably go out once in a while during the winter.
 
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It would be a short ride if you didn't!
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I don't winterize mine.

It stays in a completely enclosed boat storage.

Not many of my friends winterize theirs either.
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I'm with Shawn. Mine's in an enclosed dry stack place down at the lake (it's warmer than where I live) and the marina checks her out once a month in the winter. If it was going to get below freezing for several days, I'd have them do it.
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Mine stays on the lift. I use a small ceramic heater in the engine compartment. It also keeps condensation (cold metal, humid air) to a minimum.
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We winterize "Just Say No" by taking her to Key West and flying in and out.
Seriously though - we have never winterized. INXS will be in the mechanics shop this winter so no worry there.
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