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Old 11-20-2014, 01:03 PM
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My boat mechanic just travelled up today and winterized my boat. The final bill was $660. ($560 for the winterizing, $100 cost of travel). I'm totally fine with the travel cost. But did I get hosed on winterization costs?

Asking because I am a first time boat owner (as of August) who has never had a boat winterized before.

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What did he do? What motor and systems do you have?
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You got hosed!
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What does winterized mean ;?
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Posting your location would be helpful... level of required winterization varies greatly by region. For Sneaky Snooker 'winterization' just means a little less boat traffic on the water. To me it means throw a lightbulb in the bilge for safe measure. To some it means pulling the outdrive and batteries for storage, running anti-freeze through the motor and water systems.
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Originally Posted by rustybucket View Post
Posting your location would be helpful... level of required winterization varies greatly by region. For Sneaky Snooker 'winterization' just means a little less boat traffic on the water. To me it means throw a lightbulb in the bilge for safe measure. To some it means pulling the outdrive and batteries for storage, running anti-freeze through the motor and water systems.
I hear ya, winterizing in south florida means I put a jacket on when I go fishing.
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
I hear ya, winterizing in south florida means I put a jacket on when I go fishing.


i'm assuming its an I/o and the lower unit was removed to lube the ujoints/shaft, fluids changed, block drained, fuel stabilized and even possibly a waterpump or not...

without knowing what was done its hard to say what a high price would be....although those who are proud they do it themselves wont let up on you because they don't pay retail for anything...
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For a 23 ft bowrider, you got hosed really good. I'd start looking for a new mechanic. Hate to think what he will charge you if you have any real issues with your boat. Heck all he had to do was drain the block and
add a couple gallons of anti freeze.
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I'm in the wrong line of work if I can winterize boats for $500 a pop
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Originally Posted by miike View Post
What did he do? What motor and systems do you have?
Without this info we really can't tell you if you got hosed.
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$660 with travel?
If it was a 14 foot aluminum boat with an 8 horse outboard = you got hosed.
If it was a 36 foot sportfish, = you got a great deal.
If it was your sig boat, 23 searay, probably on target, inboard/outboard. A marina would have hit you harder than that.
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Like the others can't say unless we know what he did...
Did he just add stabil, run it and drain...
Or the above + change motor oil/filter + drive oil
Or the above + back fill engine & manifolds with marine AF
Or the above and remove drive, check bellows, gimble and ujoints, grease if possible
Or all the above + shrink wrap

The whole list could cost 600 at least here it would, I do all the above except I don't wrap it I use a custom
cover.
Without the wrap I'd charge at least 400 for that job.
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Engine could have been fogged as well... Did wrap it too?
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
What does winterized mean ;?
Why does someone have to make this same comment every time winterizing is mentioned?
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We here in the northeast pay about 250 per engine plus parts. Water systems are about another 200 or so, storage for the winter 1000 and shrink wrap is about 16 dollars a foot another 500
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I bought a 23' boat this year with a 225 HP Johnson outboard here on Cape Cod. What do I need to do to winterize it or how much it will coast to have this job done by a mechanic? Should I look for someone to come and do it at my home or bring it to a marina? We had already few cold nights in the twenty degrees.
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I just dropped around $550 for my winterize in Delaware.

Shrink wrap for 26 ft, + winterize on an outboard.
They change lower unit oil, pull the prop to check the seal and lube the splines, change water seperator filter, fog and stabilize for about 30 gallons of fuel.
Also includes 2 mildew bags.
The price has stayed pretty much the same for the last 3 years.
It varies by a few dollars depending on how much fuel is left to stabilize.
I try to leave it with as little as possible for the winter.
This year is the most I have had left at the end of the season since I got the boat.
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Wow, sorry to tell you this but you got hosed big time no matter where you live. I had my 28' V8 inboard bottom power washed, lifted out of the water and put on trailer & winterized for $88. Why would you ship a mechanic in to winterize your boat, you likely have an I/O and they are very easy to winterize. I've winterized my I/O's probably more than 20 times and never a single problem in the spring.
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I live in NY 28 center console 6 dollars a foot to haul and block to my house
10 dollars a foot to shrink wrap
winterize the engines and power wash the bottom myself
twin engines 2 cans fogging fluid
2 qts gear oil
1 qt stabilizer
1 gal anti freeze for pumps
takes an hour to do
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I winterized my boat this week, took maybe 10 minutes. Lower unit gear oil was new this spring. It looked good in reservoir so I didn't mess with that. I always run ethanol treatment/fuel stabilizer yr round and I have a sealed fi system so nothing more to do with the fuel system. I un-screwed the 2 exhaust manifold plugs and let the fresh water out which also drains my heat exchanger. The engine already has fresh anti freeze. I popped the cap and looked at it. Yep, still green, closed it up.

Done

I might replace the fuel filter/water separator next spring. Not sure though, haven't changed it in a few yrs.

I/O's are such a pain



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