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#11241928 - 11/24/15 10:39 AM Newbie Boat Owner Obliged to ask Stupid Questions
texasflycaster Offline
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Registered: 01/18/08
Posts: 1587
Loc: Water
I am a first time boat owner, and my skiff has a new 30hp Merc on back. Due to my health issues problems, it has been sitting for almost two months (indoors) now, but now that I am recovering I figure it's time to "winterize" until I can feel well enough to actually get out and run. I plan on hitting (what I call the) power lakes like Monticello during the winter, and South Padre Island end of January, but until then do I need to:
1) run the gas out of the motor (4 cycle)?
2) or run some Sta-Bil gas into it?
3) need to do anything else for the motor's sake?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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#11241958 - 11/24/15 10:53 AM Re: Newbie Boat Owner Obliged to ask Stupid Questions [Re: texasflycaster]
Tommie Offline
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 902
Loc: Longview, Tx
If you are planning on using your skiff through the winter, I see no need in running the gas out of the motor. A good fuel treatment is always a good idea year round not just in the winter months. Just be sure you lower your Merc down after using it during the winter months to insure the water has drained completely to prevent freezing issues. Hope you health problems get better and enjoy your time on the water.
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#11242117 - 11/24/15 12:03 PM Re: Newbie Boat Owner Obliged to ask Stupid Questions [Re: texasflycaster]
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Thanks Tommie! I guess I need to do a search to see what this forum says about which stabilizer is best. There seem to be a ton of different opinions on that topic. Thanks.
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#11243185 - 11/24/15 09:00 PM Re: Newbie Boat Owner Obliged to ask Stupid Questions [Re: texasflycaster]
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There are no stupid questions when it comes to boats. I have been using Sta-bil in my boats for 15 years and have not had a problem yet. I want to add this as well. Use Shell or Chevron gas in your boat. They have additives that will NOT eat up your gas lines. My co-worker had to replace gas lines twice and the boat mechanic said it was due to (Valero) cheap gas.
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