Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
John Alan

Winterization

4 posts in this topic

I am looking for a good place to have my boat winterized. Some place close to Prior Lake, MN. Any recommendations?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any marine shop will do it with no problem. Prior Lake has a couple of dealers otherwise it is not very tough to do it yourself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Like Valv said its not that hard, depending on the boat of course. I have an older lund/mercury so its really easy!! Any place that deals with boats will be able to help you out. Hear are some things to considered if you decide to give it a try.

I like to repack the bearings on the trailer. Change the lube in the lower unit. Grease all the pivots/zerks. IMO many of us forget about repacking the wheel bearings but if its done in the fall right befor storage than you won't have to worry about them in the spring. Just hook up and your off to the opener!!

I use seafoam motor tune in the gas tanks. Its a great product. It stabalizes the fuel, removes moister, Cleans the fuel system and carburator and decarbonizes the upper end.

I use the seafoam deep creap for "fogging" the motor. Deep Creap is the same product as motor tune except its in an aerosal can. It does everything the motor tune does. With the engine cold simply remove the plugs and spray into the cylinder(s). Reinstall the plugs and your done. I like to rotate the crank and spray each cylinder a couple of times to make sure I get as much surface covered as possible.

Remeber the only reason we winterize the motors is to protect them from the part of the year that produces condensation. Warm days and cold nights! As soon as the temps go below freezing the corrosion process pretty much stops.

Good luck john and welcome to FM!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

John - R&R Marine in Shakopee (169&41) does a very nice job. Very friendly people, competitive prices, and they'll have your boat back to you in just a couple of days.

They have a large secure area to hold the boats as well. They have a webpage out there with info.

DB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Rube
      Spent a few hours on Skogman yesterday. (3:00 to 6:30)  Most of the time the vexlar was so lit up that you couldn't see the lure. Bad news is that they were very small sunnies and crappies. Fished in the area of the cluster of ice houses in  24  ft water. No fish kept this time out. Good ice but getting a little sloppy.
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Another Spring-like day on Thursday. I got skunked but my buddy landed a couple of nice ones. C & R.
    • Rhino26
      Very true! Cenaiko Lake had at least 100 houses on it at 7 in the morning on Saturday and it is only a 28 acres. It is absolutely packed with fish though. 
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Even in the metro the little bit of snow pack is insulating the ice pretty well so far. I've been out 3 days in a row and haven't noticed any significant melting. The forecasted rain for the next few days will probably change things a little.
    • leech~~
      Well I started! Read bottom up. I say start emailing and bugging Joe Stewing at the DNR. And I still think Joe is wrong. fishing licenses and Trout stamps are still a tax to fish.   Hi Steve, Actually, MN has the second most native Lake Trout Lakes (116 lakes) in the country only behind Alaska. Most of which are up in the NE part of the state. We have not tried stocking Lake Trout in Big Watab due to its size (245 acres) and available habitat and forage.  We already stock Rainbow and Brown Trout and have had good success creating that fishery. Stocking another predator in a small system like this wouldn’t make sense and would likely hinder the success of our trout stocking. Big Trout Lake in Crow Wing County, while similar in depth, is much larger (1,400 acres) and has far more habitat available for Lake Trout as well as tullibee and whitefish are present which are good forage species for Lake trout. As far as stopping guiding for Trout on the lake, I don’t think that is a big issue. Guides/anglers still have to abide by the rules and regulations.  To be honest, there is really no need to protect these trout. Big Watab Lake is a put-grow-and-take fishery with a limited number of carry-over fish so as a manager I would rather see these fish get harvested and taken home.  It would be one thing if we were trying to produce a self-sustaining population of trout, but we aren’t.  We stock the lake annually with 10,000 Rainbow and 2,000 Brown Trout which are paid for through fishing license and Trout stamp sales and not tax money. Our last creel survey indicated that 81% of the anglers were seeking trout. I hope this answered your questions. Sincerely, Joe Stewig Area Fisheries Manager | Fish & Wildlife Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 1035 South Benton Drive Sauk Rapids, MN, 56379 Phone: 320-223-7867 Fax: 320-255-3999 Email: joe.stewig@state.mn.us Area website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/saukrapids/index.html State website:mndnr.gov     From:
      Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:48 PM
      To: *Info (DNR) <info.dnr@state.mn.us>
      Subject: Big Watab lake-stocking   Question: Has the DNR ever thought about stocking Lake Trout in Big Watab lake by Avon MN, ?   It seems to have some pretty good depth and the Rainbows are doing well there. Although a smaller lake it is only about 5 feet shallower then Big Trout lake up by Cross lake MN which Lake Trout are stocked in to. It would really be nice to get some more Lake Trout lakes in this state. Also, I know there are people who Guide for rainbow on Big Watab lake as I had seen their ads on craigslist in the past. They boast about limits every time out.  Can something be done to stop this practice? It seems odd to use tax money to stock the lake just to let a few people profit off it by taking so many stocked fish out for their own gain! Thanks for your reply. Steve A