Tips & Advice
What is shrink wrapping a boat?
Shrink wrapping is the process of wrapping a boat in a heavy-duty polyethylene material that shrinks under heat to very tightly encase the boat. While it’s not as cheap as tarps and ropes, it is relatively inexpensive, and some people can even DIY it--although if you’re not adept there’s not much reason to, as many shrink-wrap providers will travel to the boat/customer. If professionally or properly applied, shrink wrap is waterproof, and the material is also UV light resistant. This is becoming a more common extra protective measure among boat owners who store their boats outdoors in the off season.
To winterize a boat, you will need to go through many steps. One of the main things is to protect the engine. Treat the fuel and engine with a stabilizer, change the oil, drain the engine, and fill the block and circulating pump with antifreeze. If possible, adjust the engine to vertical position, making sure all the water drains out. Disconnect the fuel line from the engine. There are many other more detailed steps recommended by experts, such as applying an aerosol fogging solution to the engine.
Clean and dry the bilges. If you have a head and/or a fresh water system, empty and sterilize the head, drain the water system, and pump non-toxic antifreeze through it. Remove the head altogether if it’s removable.
If you are dry storing the boat, pressure wash and inspect the hull. Remove any barnacles, and patch up blisters. Then, get it covered with the best kind of cover or wrap. If it’s staying in a marina, many owners will install a dehumidifier, and in the slip they’ll install a bubbler that keeps the water from freezing solid around it.
Can a boat be parked on the street?
A boat can sometimes be parked, on a boat trailer, on a residential street, but there are a lot of regulations, and they vary according to the city and neighborhood laws. In many boat communities, there are laws specifically to keep people from parking boats on the street for more than 48-72 hours. Other places only allow boats to be parked for a couple of hours.
How much does boat storage cost?
The cost of boat storage depends on the size of the boat, and what type of storage. If dry storage, is it an indoor or outdoor storage space? Is it on a rack, or will the owner need to trailer it? Self-storage in a warehouse starts around $140 a month, while outdoor self-storage might cost $600 for the year. However, racked storage or storage on blocks with shrink wrap can cost $2000 for a 27’-32’ boat. Marina mooring fees might cost anywhere from a few-hundred dollars a month to $1,000 a month for a larger yacht.
What is the best way to store a boat?
The best way to store a boat depends on season and climate conditions, the size of the boat, and how convenient the owner wants his or her access. In the off season, people who want their boat to be dry and secure for a few months will typically pay for dry rack storage, or trailer it and store it in a warehouse. People with enough room in the backyard will often set it on a trailer and store in a garage or just in the open air. People who live in areas where boats can be used year-round often store their boat in a slip in a marina, or, if they have a boat-up property, they may install a boat lift and set up a small dry dock area right there.
How long will a rebuilt engine last?
If handled correctly, a rebuilt engine will last just as long as a new engine. With rebuilding, the engine is revamped from top to bottom, and all worn parts are replaced with components that are new or refurbished. The goal of a rebuild is to restore the engine so it performs like one that's brand new.
How long does it take to rebuild an engine?
Rebuilding an engine is a complicated process that calls for meticulous care and specific expertise, and it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months. The timeframe will depend largely on the availability of the parts required. If the rebuild is being handled by a garage, the garage's workload will also play a part in how long it takes to complete the rebuild.
What causes an engine to need rebuilding?
An engine may need rebuilding due to worn bearings. If bearings are worn, you'll hear loud knocking when the engine is in use, and this problem can ultimately cause the engine to fail. Another problem is poorly seated piston rings, which won't properly seal the engine's cylinders--this can lead to an excessive amount of smoke in the car's exhaust.
How much does it cost to rebuild an engine?
The cost of rebuilding an engine can range from $300-$1,200 or more. Rebuilding costs vary based on the type of engine. Four-cylinder engines are typically less expensive to rebuild than those with six or eight cylinders. Block and head-machine work can further inflate overall rebuild costs.
Is engine rebuilding the same as an overhaul?
Engine rebuilding is not the same as an overhaul. Both work to improve the condition of a car's engine and aim to address damage, but rebuilding tackles this in a more comprehensive way than an overhaul. An overhaul refreshes the engine and extends its life. With a rebuild, the engine is completely restored to a condition that's close to that of a brand-new engine.