When spring arrives and the weather begins to warm, boat and pontoon owners usually want to get out on the water as quickly as possible. Those Minnesota winters can get a little long, and anything that shortens your time off the water is a worthwhile effort. One way you can shorten your springtime wait is to properly prepare your boat or pontoon for winter storage.
The Importance of Boat Winterization
Winterizing your boat is essential, whether you do-it-yourself or have a professional do it. Without removing the fuel, it can gum up, potentially costing hundreds or thousands of dollars when you try to run your motor in the spring. With Minnesota's winter temperatures, the block can crack if water isn’t drained properly and replaced with antifreeze, which can lead to extensive repairs or an entirely new motor. Properly winterizing your boat is worth the time, effort and money.
Winterizing your boat yourself is possible, and many of the parts and materials you'll need are available right here at Miller Marine. For the mechanically-minded boat or pontoon owner, our parts staff can offer some advice and point you in the right direction.
Let the Pros Handle It
For those of you who aren't at ease around mechanical systems, trusting a professional to your boat's winterization is a smart investment of both your time and money. We’ve been winterizing boats at Miller Marine for decades, and have five Yamaha Master Technicians on staff who know these motors inside and out.
Our job is to make sure your boat is in pristine condition when you want to use it in the spring, and working with a professional ensures no detail is left unattended. Winterizing your boat usually takes about a day, and in some cases, we can do same-day service.
We recommend winterizing before night temperatures dip below freezing for inboard motors, or a little later for outboard motors, so contact us today to set up your appointment.