Winterize Your Boat with Lighthouse Marine, VA

Complete this form and we’ll send you a price to have your boat winterized before the cold weather is here!

More details on Winterization Packages below.

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 Winterizing Boats – A Checklist for Boaters

Winter has struck your dock. Now what? As you begin winter proofing your home and cars, let’s not forget about your boat. Is it likely that you’ve been putting this daunting task off for weeks? Sure! Can you still recover and get on the ball – Absolutely!

The key benefits of preparing your boat for the winter early translate in more time out on the water, head ache free. If you’ve been a boat owner for years, it’s likely your process is custom tailored. Letting your boat sit for months at a time without proper care can be problematic. So, don’t put this off for too much longer. As your local Yahama marine engine dealer we take great care to protect your investment during the cold months ahead. When storing an engine for a prolonged period of time (2 months or longer), several important steps are necessary to preserve your engine and get you back on the water when the warm weather returns. Below are a few of the measures we take. Complete the form above or give us a call to get started today.

 Long Term Storage “Winterization” Checklist

  TWO STROKE OUTBOARD

◱ Fresh water flushed outboard
◱ Cleaned powerhead and entire external outboard to remove salt, dirt, and grime
◱ Filled oil reservoir with Yamalube® 2M TC-W3® two stroke outboard oil
◱ Changed gear oil using Yamalube Marine Lower Unit Gearcase Lube
◱ Replaced fill and drain plug washers on lower unit
◱ Fogged engine with Yamaha Stor-Rite Engine Fogging Oil
◱ Emptied fuel from primary fuel filter cup, replaced filter element
◱ Changed 10-micron water separating filter (if applicable)
◱ Drained fuel from vapor separator tank or carburetor depending on model*
◱ Greased all fittings inside and outside of motor including prop shaft using appropriate Yamalube Marine Grease
◱ Charged and disconnected battery
◱ Sprayed powerhead and rubber components with Yamaha Silicone Engine Protectant and Lubricant
◱ Covered motor and console/gauges
◱ Removed boat drain plug (dry storage boats only)

 FOUR STROKE OUTBOARD

◱ Fresh water flushed outboard
◱ Cleaned powerhead and entire external outboard to remove salt, dirt, and grime
◱ Changed Engine oil using Yamalube 4M FC-W® four stroke outboard oil
◱ Changed oil filter
◱ Changed lower unit oil using Yamalube Marine Lower Unit Gearcase Lube (V MAX SHO®, V6 Offshore, and V8 outboards require Yamalube Marine Lower Unit Gearcase Lube HD)
◱ Replaced fill and drain plug washers on lower unit
◱ Drained fuel from vapor separator tank or carburetor depending on model *
◱ Emptied fuel from primary fuel filter cup, replaced filter element
◱ Changed 10-micron water separating filter (if applicable)
◱ Fogged engine with Yamaha Stor-Rite Engine Fogging Oil
◱ Greased all fittings inside and outside of motor including prop shaft using appropriate Yamalube Marine Grease
◱ Charged and disconnected battery
◱ Sprayed powerhead and rubber components with Yamaha Silicone Engine Protectant and Lubricant
◱ Covered motor and console/gauges
◱ Removed boat drain plug (dry storage boats only)

 FUEL TANK

Prior to the last operation of the engine before storage, place the appropriate amount of Ring Free Plus™ and Yamaha Fuel Conditioner and Stabilizer Plus in the fuel per the instructions on the containers. Ring Free Plus will help keep the fuel system clean, and the stabilizer will help prevent the fuel from breaking down during storage. Run the engine for a sufficient amount of time to ensure the stabilized fuel courses completely through the entire fuel system. NOTE: For best protection, Yamaha’s Ring Free Plus and Fuel Conditioner and Stabilizer Plus should be used on a continuous basis. Ask about our maintenance plans designed to keep your engine in the best performance condition.

Depending on length of time the unit will be in storage and fuel quality in your area, there are two options for fuel storage:

  1. Fill the tank 7/8 full with fuel then add proper amounts of Ring Free Plus™ and Yamaha Fuel Conditioner and Stabilizer Plus and operate the engine until treated fuel is run through the entire fuel system.
  2. Drain the tank and fuel system completely, first adding Yamaha Fuel Conditioner and Stabilizer Plus to the fuel to protect the fuel system.*

In either case, we will drain the carburetors or the Vapor Separator Tank (EFI engines) after the stabilized fuel has been circulated. For any further questions on “winterizing” give us a call at 757.465.2216.


 * Consult your Yamaha Owner’s Manual for the recommended storage procedure for your particular Yamaha outboard. Consult your local authorized Yamaha dealer for recommendations and assistance in determining which fuel tank storage option might work best for your particular situation.

CONTACT LIGHTHOUSE MARINE VA, YOUR LOCAL YAMAHA DEALER, FOR MORE DETAILS TODAY. PROUDLY SERVING VIRGINIA BEACH, PORTSMOUTH, NORFOLK, CHESAPEAKE, HAMPTON, NEWPORT NEWS, SUFFOLK AND THE GREATER MID ATLANTIC.