Boat Storage – Fuel Stabilizers When Storing Boats

Unless you are a person who takes your boat out every weekend, you might want to consider looking after the residual fuel in your boat. All the fuel that you have in your boat will start breaking down within 30 days if it is not used. Broken down fuel can cause corrosion and build-up of grease in the entire engine — not a great sign on the long run for your boat’s health and your pocket. The engine life will be compromised, and the running performance can dampen your fun times with your boat. Before you put your boat away every time, or especially during the winter months, it is important to remember the following:

  • All fuel will deteriorate, and this is not a particular thing that happens only with boats
  • When the fuel is exposed to water or oxygen, the deteriorating time is accelerated
  • Fuel molecules are even more unstable with marine fuel
  • Do not drain your fuel tank irrespective of what you have heard people say
  • Improperly removing the fuel can give you other problems with regards to properly disposing of, attracting moisture to the empty tank, damage of the lines and drying of the gasket and seals
  • Inboard and outboard motors should be winterized in its respective ways
  • If you are unsure how to get your boat ready for winter, take it to your dealer to help you or read the manual properly
  • The inboard engine oil should be drained after it has been entirely used up
  • Supply cooling water into the engine
  • Refill the level of oil after you have changed the filter and checking for leaks
  • Spray grease on the spark plugs and cylinders after you change the fluid in the transmission
  • Fill the tanks with stabilizer and then run the engine to burn off any remaining fuel
  • Only when the fuel runs out, allow the vessel to die without any fuel
  • After warming the oil in the outboard engine, tilt the engine to allow the oil to enter the crankcase
  • After the oil has oiled the crankcase, drain the oil
  • Check for leaks, change the oil filter and then refill the oil
  • Fill the outboard with fuel and then add the fuel stabilizer
  • Apply flush muffs to flush fresh water into the engine
  • Run the engine and remove the cowl
  • Grease the air intake
  • Check all the lines and primer bulbs
  • Change fuel filters every six months as they are responsible for ensuring water does not get into the engine
  • Let the engine die by running out of fuel so that the carburetors don’t have any fuel left inside
  • Fuel that is inside can cause deposits to happen, and this can deteriorate the life of the engine
  • The fuel stabilizer is the best thing you can do for storing your boat the right way without causing cracks in the seals or draining the tank completely

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