May 29, 2011 7:58 PM | Tagged as Winterization
Winterizing Your Boat
Without fogging the cylinders with fogging oil, severe rust may occur. Without flushing the cooling system or draining the gear oil case, trapped water can freeze, expand and destroy the expensive housing. It's important to get the job done right.
Here is a fairly comprehensive list of the process that needs to happen. Depending on what type of boat you have, some of this may not apply, but for most boats, following these steps will provide safe haven for your boat and all of its parts throughout the winter. All of the materials are available at your local boating supply store.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:09 AM
While I'm not a fan of Bayliner boats either, I don't run down the owrnes of Bayliners. I have family members around the country that do in fact own Bayliners and Trophy series boats. These were the boats that they chose for themselves. I personally would not buy one, but have had opportunities to drive them on the waters in lakes, bays and both oceans of our country. The biggest complaint from every owner is the Harsh ride. This is due to the flatter Dead rise of the hull design. The pounding that the hull endures, is awful. My Sea Ray has a 19 degree dead rise as compared to a friends' Bayliner's 17 degree dead rise. That 2 degree difference makes for a whole different ride and the way that the hull cuts through the water. However, that same boat will plane faster and get better fuel usage than my boat, so that's the trade-off. The Trophy series of ocean fishing boats ALL have 21 degree dead rises to cut through the waves and deliver a smooth ride. I have personally driven my cousins' Trophy and gone tuna fishing 38 miles out in the Pacific and found it to be as good and comfortable as my Sea Ray. Speed wise both boats are the same, and fuel usage slightly higher on my boat due to the higher weight. My Sea Ray and my relatives Bayliner/Trophy boats are all owned by Brunswick Corp. As are the engine/outdrives are too. Being owned by a Bowling Ball company isn't a bad thing. They also own Hatteras boats and Cummins Diesel. So are the owrnes of a Hatteras bad too? I see all boats as a personal/financial statement of ones' being. I recently purchased a Marquis Yacht even though the parent company (Genmar) filed for bankruptcy. It's not the boat builders that went bankrupt, it's Genmar that went bankrupt. The boat builders are just left wondering what to do. They want to build boats as orders come in, but Genmar tells them they won't pay for the materials to make that boat. I have relatives in Wisconsin that were affected by the Carver / Marquis shut down.But, I support the line and knew someone was going to buy the company in court. I agree to the fact that Bayliner uses lower grades of materials for just about everything other than the hull. But these boats are built to Coast Guard Safety requirements. The hulls are designed and constructed like most other hulls from any builder. However, back in the 70 s and 80 s this wasn't the case. They did have issues with the way the hulls were created, and yes, there were splits, cracking and de-lamination. But even some of the best boat companies have this today! As an example, Malibu ski/wake board boats have been sued for this very issue recently. My best friend's boat actually had the ENTIRE keel to waterline come OFF the boat. That's on a $85k tournament boat. So it can happen to the best of company's. As far as a first time Bayliner buyer never buying another, your right. Most people won't buy another, but it's usually not because of poor quality, it's now that they have been exposed to better and nicer boats and they have usually more expendable income for the Lifestyle , and have elected to stay with it. Also, the boating needs change as the family changes too. In Bayliners' defense, they have a limited product lineup. In many cases, the family moves up to a boat that will serve the purpose better. You as a sailor should know that needs change as a family evolves. I understand that you've sailed all around the world, and your son also. I commend you on that front. My sailing experience is limited to sailing to Hawaii from San Francisco. But, I have cruised to Mexico many times in my Express Cruiser, and will be cruising to Alaska this summer in the MY (btw, thanks for the info about Canada). In many cases, the wife/mother of the boating family has the final say in the purchase of any boat. Mine NEEDED a bathroom, hot water and the ability to drive the boat without me being aboard. She picked the 26 , I didn't. I wanted a larger boat, but since it had to be towable, she had the final say. Being a United States Power Squadron Officer, we have many members with Bayliners too. Some dating back to the troubled years of Bayliner. But, everybody who owns one, is happy with them. I'm talking about 30 and up. We have annual events with our boats and the Bayliner boats just keep on coming. I also carry a 100 ton Maritime License. Happy sails to you.
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