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We had our boat winterized and shrinkwrapped in Nov. of 2008. She didnt get wet last summer and just stayed stuck on land


She is going to splash this season and I am beginning to take a look at work to be done in the next few months. Being that she was in storage for this long, is there anything I should pay extra attention too? I know that one season in "dry dock" is nothing compared to some that have sat for several years, I just want to make sure that we have as much of a "mechanically uneventfull" season as possible.
 

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QUOTE(The Perfect Fit @ Jan 21 2010, 10:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Check for mold where any water may have been and did you put stablizer in your gas????
Will do on the mold. We usually dont put stablizer in for the 4 or 5 months we winter, but when we figured out she wasnt going in, we added to both tanks. It didnt get circulated like it should, but I am hoping we are okay. Several water/gas seperator changes will be done as well.
 

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QUOTE(The Canvas Cover Man @ Jan 21 2010, 10:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>What kind of boat? Age? Carbs or FI?
1983 Searay Express Cruiser 360 with T-tops. Carbs on both.
 

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My boat was in dry dock for at least 10 years when I got it. The owner took care of it though, made sure it was winterized correctly.

Started right up when we dropped it in the water.
 

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QUOTE(Pornodave @ Jan 21 2010, 10:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My boat was in dry dock for at least 10 years when I got it. The owner took care of it though, made sure it was winterized correctly.

Started right up when we dropped it in the water.
I hope we have the same luck. We had Dave Blaz do the winterizing so I am confident that it was done correctly. We've been to her several times over the summer and fall/winter and other than some patching on the shrinkwrap, she looks like the day we stored her.
 

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Jim, I wouldn't worry too much about winterized motors part of it. They should be sound. The things you want to visually check is electrical connections, filter, and carburetor parts that might be sticking. If you stored outdoors I am sure you got a lot of moisture on and off your motor and other metal parts through the seasons. Solenoids and other small electrical parts take a beating through the off season. Take every precaution you can before starting those puppies up. When you get them running they will show any tell tale signs.
 

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QUOTE(Convincor @ Jan 21 2010, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Jim, I wouldn't worry too much about winterized motors part of it. They should be sound. The things you want to visually check is electrical connections, filter, and carburetor parts that might be sticking. If you stored outdoors I am sure you got a lot of moisture on and off your motor and other metal parts through the seasons. Solenoids and other small electrical parts take a beating through the off season. Take every precaution you can before starting those puppies up. When you get them running they will show any tell tale signs.

Also rubber hoses and change the impellers
 

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QUOTE(SAILOR @ Jan 21 2010, 07:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Convincor @ Jan 21 2010, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Jim, I wouldn't worry too much about winterized motors part of it. They should be sound. The things you want to visually check is electrical connections, filter, and carburetor parts that might be sticking. If you stored outdoors I am sure you got a lot of moisture on and off your motor and other metal parts through the seasons. Solenoids and other small electrical parts take a beating through the off season. Take every precaution you can before starting those puppies up. When you get them running they will show any tell tale signs.

Also rubber hoses and change the impellers


Oh yeah! Water impellers FOR SURE!!! Good call SAILOR. Even if the old impellers look good replace them and keep the old ones for spares. Chances are they have been sitting in anti-freeze for the lay up time period, but you never know. I have to do that very thing this spring as well. I would just do a visual inspection of the hoses. You will see if any of those need replacing once the engines reach temperature.
 

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Not that I'm an expert, but I would look everything over thoroughly as normal, and either go to the trouble to setup running the engines before launch, or try to schedule your launch with extra time for a possible re-haul out.

With that said, it's probably no worse for sitting a year. At least good enough that any issues can be corrected after launch.

"after launch" -- I like the sound of that!


Good luck, and welcome back to boating!
 
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