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    Default What Is The Best Way To Store Your Boat On The Driveway?

    Howdy,

    Fall and soon winter is coming up. For those of us who do not have the luxury of a boat friendly garage, shop, or even some kind of makeshift overhead cover, what is the best way to tuck in a jet boat (or any other boat) to keep it safe from the elements in the driveway? How many cover layers do you need? Cover the tires too? Sta-Bil in the gas? Big Blue plastic tarp? Fitted cover? Jack Stands?

    How do you keep your boat like new while stored in the driveway? Pics would be great!

    Thanks!

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    We have always used an all weather cover for all our cars and boats that sit outside. The jeep has perfect paint after 30 years of being outside, due to always being covered. I imagine that a boat will be the same. We like to put pvc in the boat to keep it from holding water. Spend a couple hundred bucks and you wont regret it.
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    I pull the batteries out I drain the fuel and pull the fuel line off the carb and run it dry. then I put my cover on and wheel covers on as well. I make sure the engine area is dry and spray the motor with WD40. Then put fabric softeners under the bow or just lay them all over the inside of the boat the rats and mice hate those things and they stay out and smells good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PonyFiveO View Post
    Howdy,

    Fall and soon winter is coming up. For those of us who do not have the luxury of a boat friendly garage, shop, or even some kind of makeshift overhead cover, what is the best way to tuck in a jet boat (or any other boat) to keep it safe from the elements in the driveway? How many cover layers do you need? Cover the tires too? Sta-Bil in the gas? Big Blue plastic tarp? Fitted cover? Jack Stands?

    How do you keep your boat like new while stored in the driveway? Pics would be great!

    Thanks!
    I used a good cover, kept the bow up as high as possible, kept the cushions inside and put the seat module up on blocks. I also let it air out whenever possible.

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    I can only store my 21' Daytona outside...been this way since 1997.
    I use the custom fit Sunbrella under a HD silver tarp.

    Winterize as usual IE > 50/50 antifreeze in the block, spray the entire engine/headers down with WD40, fog or spray WD40 in cylinders too. Wipe the interior down with 303-Protectant, add a few boxes of open moth balls for varmints...when you uncover it > the boat will look just as good as the day to put it to bed.
    Oh > and I always back off the valves

    PS I'm dealing with nasty East Coast winters > no problem, no rust, no condensation nothing hurting the boat and it's outside.
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    A lot of the circle racers "fog" their engines by putting "Marvel Mystery oil" down the carb(s)/injectors creating a smoke screen out the exhaust until the engine dies. NOT enough to hydro the engine, just enough to make it smoke quite a bit before it dies or is shut off.....ALSO, NEVER store a boat with the plug in, NEVER......A few gallons of captured water, from whatever reason, can, and will, add considerable weight and the support of the bunks isn't always enough to prevent hull damage/hooks....... If your drive way slopes down, put the tongue at the top...... I do not run the engine out of fuel, but replacing the fuel in the carb(s) with a 50/50 mixture of gas and Marvel through the bowl vents will keep the "innards" from drying out after the gas evaporates..... Yeah, it might smoke a little when re fired, but it goes away quickly......AND, the same treatment for the fuel pump, although it's a little tougher to oil the pump, and requires a little thinking.......CHANGE the oil, warm the motor up, and shut it down...This prevents "etching" the bearings with polluted, acidic oil....AND YES, any used motor oil will have acids in it, and yes, it WILL etch the bearings....If you have solid lifters, loosen the valve train to close the valves up tight.......Ray
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