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Winterizing & Protecting Your Boat, Jet Ski, or Wave Runner


The common joke about buying a boat is that it develops into a big dark hole into which you toss your money. However, if a boater takes precautions, that need not happen, and instead one's summer toys will be preserved for many years of enjoyment


By MARGOT B
September 2003

To make sure your boat, jet ski or wave runner don't deteriorate during the winter season, there are a few simple measures you can take to assure your water sporting pleasure will be at peak performance again come Spring.

Helen Ayravainen, a boating expert [and descendant of five generations of Finnish sea captains, from Westport, Washington, suggests using Buffalo Milke Instant Spray wax to maintain both the ultimate performance and original wet, shiny finish of your water vehicle. She also advises that you 'don't forget to disconnect the battery/batteries and store them somewhere warm, dry and elevated such as on a wooden block. Change the engine oil and filter, too,' and 'Many mistakenly don't consider this important since the motor won't be running - yet they are essential to a sound winterizing program. If you're dealing with salt water, you may want to flush out with fresh water.'

To help protect the internal components, drain the engine block and manifolds, and fill the engine with anti-freeze. The lower unit gear oil should also be drained and refilled with fresh oil in the stern drives only. 'All external fillings on stern drives should be greased as well', Ayravainen says…and finish by spraying on a protective anti-corrosive film agent on external engine parts.

Ayravainen reminds water sport enthusiasts that, 'Maintaining the exterior is a must. To remove a season's worth of overlooked dried fishing remains and salt-water debris, use one of the new generation spray waxes like Buffalo Milke that offer all the benefits of a cleaner, detailer and wax, all-in-one.'

New Hampshire boaters, Charles and Ilona Train, wax their three cockpit, mahogany reproduction of a 1929 Hackercraft with Buffalo Milke Instant Spray Wax prior to storage. 'Buffalo Milke offers all of the benefits of many products all in one quick spray and wipe. It has now become a mandatory, easy step before the tarp goes on for the winter,' says Ilona Train. 'We found that Buffalo Milke keeps the surface of our boat in shiny, pristine condition, protecting it from the harsh New Hampshire winters - and it no longer takes hours to wax - instead just a few minutes!'

'The common joke about buying a boat is that it develops into a big dark hole into which you toss your money. However, if a boater takes these precautions, that need not happen, and instead one's summer toys will be preserved for many years of enjoyment,' advises Ayravainen.

Of course each boat may vary as to what needs to be done to winterize it. For complete instructions please see your boat owners' manual or consult your boat mechanic.

Source: Buffalo Milke
CONTACT: Buffalo Milke, 1-866-364-2468
Web site: http://www.bmap.tv/


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