It’s Cold Outside Time To Winterize Your Outboard

Mike Scrapes the ice off of his truck so he can go launch his Bombard Commando for a little winter fun.

It’s that time of year here in the NW where boaters should be thinking about winterizing their outboard motors until the spring season. If you are like Mike and use your boat everyday through the winter then don’t fret, but if you are like the other 99.9 % of us who think snow and ice are cold then it’s time to winterize. Winterizing at the dealer is a good preventative step to ensure happy camper experiences in the spring.

The boys out for a little winter fun in the Bombard Commando

All it takes is a quick visit to IBC or your local dealer if you are out of state to get your lower unit serviced, your cylinders fogged and your carbs drained. If you have a fuel water separator change it and drain or stabilize your fuel tank also. In the spring when you start it up for the first time wait until the fogging oil is burned off (it’ll smoke until it’s all gone), then change the plugs and crank case oil. That’s it! Pretty easy huh?

It’s also a good idea to think about your water pump impellor, Mike does his every year, but most of you can get away with every two years unless you aren’t discharging water from the tell tale or it is a weak stream.

Mike changes his every year, you should do it every other year unless you run like Mike.
Mike changes his every year, you should do it every other year unless you run like Mike.

Take good care of your outboard and it will give you years of trouble free operation keeping you a very happy camper indeed.