Winter Storage

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by erie1, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. erie1
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    erie1 Junior Member

    I have heard it is best to winter a boat with a full fuel tank. I have a 76 Grew 245 Hardtop with fuel tank running lengthwise in the center of the floor. It will sit on an easy loader trailer all winter in a barn. Does anyone have any other opinions? Thanks for any responses. Don
     
  2. KnottyBuoyz
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    Erie

    I store mine empty. Aluminum tank. Don't put ethanol gas in it!! In the spring I fill it up and change the fuel/water separator filter. Never had a problem. I found the winters I did store it full by spring time 1/3 had evaporated. I'd rather spend my gas on cruising than dumping it into the atmosphere.

    Rick
     
  3. longliner45
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    longliner45 Senior Member

    todays gas turns into lawn mower gas in about 3 weeks ,varnish and junk clog carbs after sitting,pickle the motor and use stabo for what fuel you keep. also a bottel of rubbing alcohal to keep moister out,,,,,take the plugs out of your moter and put a tablespoon of oil in each cylander and turn it over by hand a few times,,,,,thats pickleing,,,also if you are from lake erie you will want to remove all water from the motor,,,and spray wd40 in the carbs,,,,also make sure your bldge pumps are dry ,,,longliner
     
  4. FAST FRED
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    Leave a GAS tank as empty as you can,

    Leave a DIESEL tank full.

    FAST FRED
     
  5. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    New reformulated gas with ethanol has a short shelf life-three months from the moment it leaves the refinery. Never add alcohol to that type of fuel. It will create more problems. When the alcohol absorbs water to the point of saturation it separates from the gas. It is denser so it stays in the bottom. When it separates all the anticorrosion aditives and detergents stay with the gas. What is left in the bottom is very corrosive. Adding alcohol of any kind makes it more so.
     
  6. longliner45
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    dont mean to misslead anyone , but I put rubbing alcohal in my cars and trucks since I was 15, now Im really old ,,47 ,never had a problem with fuelpump diaframs or anything ,,but this is a different apllication,this is to keep moister out and pervent fuel line freezup in the winter,,,but to be on the safe side Im with fast fred
     

  7. FAST FRED
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    but I put rubbing alcohal in my cars and trucks since I was 15

    That was fine when there was NO alcohol in the fuel.

    Now with 10% alcohol , adding extra may cause it to drop out , forming a warer gunk that stays on the bottom of the gas tank,

    FAST FRED
     
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