Boat and Outboard Storage Tips

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If you’re not going to be using your boat for a couple of months or more, here’s a few things that you will need to do to keep your motor free from rust, corrosion or even freezing while you’re not using it.  Add fuel stabilizer to the tank and mix it up. If your boat has a permanent tank, add the stabilizer than run the engine on the water or hook up a flushing attachment to spread stabilized fuel throughout the fuel system.  Protect the internal engine by removing  spark plugs  and ejecting a small amount of engine oil into the cylinders. Then rotate the fly wheel to coat cylinder walls. Always drain and refill the gear case lube before storage. This ensures all residual waters removed, minimizing corrosion and potential freezing.  Batteries get neglected during storage. Parasite currents like clocks or GPS antennas wear on lead acid batteries. Disconnect power drains and keep batteries charged. Top off cells with distilled water and clean terminals and connector wires with contact cleaner and a wire brush.