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Outrage18 posted 10-04-2001 02:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for Outrage18   Send Email to Outrage18  

I wanted to find out what people are paying to winterize their outboards.
Please include: State, Outboard Size/Year, and $!
I'm paying $180 for 1995 150HP Merc in MA.



vermilionwhalers posted 10-04-2001 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for vermilionwhalers  Send Email to vermilionwhalers     

I'm doing it myself this year, but smaller motors: Johnson 60 and Evinrude 30. Parts are running about $15-$20. Have to dispose of lube, etc. so it can be a pain. Did the 60 last night in about an hour. Hands get oily injecting the lube. Many years ago I had the smaller motor winterized for about $75. You're paying for time and labor, mostly; I don't think the price is way out of range. Also gives you cause to complain if the motor doesn't work well next Spring; I can't.

If this helps, I'm also having winterizing done for an I/O Mercruiser 235; gets way more complicated with the hoses and stuff. That's going to run $200 plus w/an oil change. Throw in a power wash and wax and you're talking near $500, but that's a 23 footer...

Hmm, I need to get rid of a boat!

Doug Johnson

Contender25 posted 10-04-2001 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
Twin Yamaha 200's/1999
Shrink wrap 28ft boat
Winterize water systems on board
In Rhode Island

andygere posted 10-04-2001 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Winterize? I just put on fresh bottom paint and I'm getting ready to put her back in.......Oh how I love California! Sorry guys, After many years of 3 month boating seasons back east, I couldn't resist.
Sinclair7 posted 10-05-2001 01:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
What does winterizing a small 25 entail?
Macman posted 10-05-2001 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
Last year I paid $60 for a Yamaha 70. This included changing lower unit oil, repacking bearings, greasing, etc. I thought that it was a good deal.
B Bear posted 10-05-2001 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
2000 Honda 90, $60 - oil change for the engine and lower unit, fogging the cylinders, draining the gas from the carbs. It has been a few years but it used to be that much just for an oil change on a 5.7 ltr. Mercuiser.
where2 posted 10-05-2001 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
South Florida, Johnson 70Hp, 1985, $0
Winterize? It's 85F out today? Dec 25th, it might be 73F. If I get a night that is cold enough to freeze something, I'm more worried about the plants in my yard and my jacuzzi. To be fair, my wife is from Maine, and I still don't understand how people live through that cold weather... As for the bottom paint in California, I keep my whaler on a lift, so I don't even bottom paint!
andygere posted 10-05-2001 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Where2, you've got me beat! But hey, we don't have any mosquitos! On the serious side, to winterize the 40 hp on my old 13, I would flush the motor, squirt fogging oil into the carb, change the lower unit oil and remove the prop and grease the prop spline. I'd try to use up the remaining gas in the tanks, and put the battery in the garage on a scrap of 2x10. For small motors, it's a do it yourself job. On bigger outboards, what else is done?
Taylor posted 10-05-2001 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
We don't have winter here in Seattle, but Fall starts next week and the rain will last till late June. So what we really need to do is waterproofing.

Actually, I was just chatting with a guy at the Merc Parts & Service place this morning and they said:

1) Lower unit oil change. This is done in case of water in the oil and keeps your gears from rusting which avoids stiff shifting.

2) Treat the gas left in the tank, run it enough so you have treated gas in the carbs. (anyone know how to drain it out of carbsm that sounds safer)

3) Spray in fogging oil until the engine just about dies, then shut it down.

Anything else?

Taylor posted 10-05-2001 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
The reason for the list, is that the guy at the service place said many customers do their own winterizing, and he 'does not seem most of them in the spring, so it must go alright'. If my list is complete $180 sounds a little high, I can't see that it would be three shop hours. Three Taylor hours, sure, but not for a pro.
jimh posted 10-06-2001 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
For the Do-It-Yourselfer, I started a new topic with some suggestions and a procedure. See:

I think my local Mercury dealer charges $75 for an outboard. I'll check tomorrow when I drop by to buy some materials.

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