|Posted: October 29 2008 at 18:56 | IP Logged
Hey Kensema - fellow New Englander and Maxum boat owner here. In addition to everything Steve201 mentions, there's one very important thing you'll need to do - add a quality marine fuel stabilizer to your gas tank.
You'll want to have a full tank of gas before you store your boat for the winter. The thinking behind that it less condensation will form in the tank, thus less chance for water in your gas when you recommission her in the springtime.
Also, it's a good idea to drain and refill the oil from the lower unit - if the oil is milky then you have water in the oil - which means at the very least you'll need drive gaskets in the spring... at any rate you'll be a lot better off than if the water froze in the drive causing internal damage.
Another thing is to get all the water out of the bilges - so make sure your drain plug is removed. Some folks also add a little bio-friendly anti-freeze to the bilge, others just ensure it's dry.
If you plan on keeping your boat on the trailer, or blocks in the off season - water is your boats worst enemy.
There is some great info out there on the web about winterizing your boat - just do a google search on "boat winterization".
Hope that helps!
Edited by Diggman33 on October 29 2008 at 21:09