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September 29, 2008
RIB Winterizing: The Engine
When it comes to preparing your RIB for the winter, the most important thing you can do is to take care of the engine and insure that it is properly winterized. The following is a generic recommended list of things that should be done to the engine, however, I always recommend referring to your engine's owners manual. The list below is intended only as a guide and some steps might not apply to your particular engine. Steering Inspect steering systems, including tiller steering friction fittings on outboards. Tighten them if they're loose. Lubricate steering cable and steering arm Freshwater flush Run the engine use a flushing attachment, or run the outboard in a tank filled with fresh water. Change Engine Oil With the engine warm change oil and oil filter. Be sure to dispose of the used oil at an authorized recycling center Drain and Refill Gearcase Change the lower unit gearcase lubricant on outboards. Even a little water trapped...
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September 25, 2008
RIB Winterizing: Preparing The Boat For the Off Season
Bottom line, a RIB is no different than a hardsided boat when it comes time to preparing it for the winter or off season. Whether you choose to do it yourself or have your marina or storage facility do it for you, winterizing the boat and motor is probably the most important maintenance you can do to your RIB. For boaters who aren't comfortable doing their own maintenance, all the procedures may be performed by a qualified marine technician at your local boat dealer, just ask them. Taking a little time in the fall to get your boat and motor ready for winter means that you can be one of the first boaters out on the water next spring. The following are some basic general steps to follow to properly winterize you RIB: -Clean boat inside and out and cover when stored, even indoors. Allow for air circulation under the cover to prevent mildew. - Drain water from the bilges...
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September 22, 2008
RIB Winterizing: The Tube
Well, it's mid September and in the Northeast that means it's the busy season for boat yards and boat ramps as people race to haul their boats out prior to the leaves falling and the first snow fall. New RIB owners ask us all the time if there is anything special they need to do to their boat in preparation for winter storage. In short, winterizing a RIB is no different than winterizing a hardsided boat. The biggest thing is to keep the boat covered and dry. Over the next few days, we'll cover some of the standard items you should cover when preparing your RIB for the winter. The Tube: Today we'll go over the tube and what needs to be done to them in order to prepare them for winter. In brief, NOTHING. That's right, really - there's very little that needs to happen to the tube. As I've mentioned in the past, you actually want to do...
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