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Updated: 06/06/2014 08:00:01AM

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WATERLINE PHOTO BY ED KOPP

Dry storage is a great way to keep your boat from being damaged by salt and water.

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In most parts of the country, storing your boat for the season means draining all the fluids and wrapping it up or putting it inside for the winter. In Florida, this task takes on an opposite meaning. Steps must be taken to make sure your boat makes it through the hot summer and will be ready for you to enjoy when come back to Florida to escape the dreary winter weather. Summerizing your boat can mean different things for different kinds of boats.

Let’s start by talking about gas. Don’t use any ethanol-blended gas in your boat. I know this is impossible for a lot of boaters. So what do you do? If you are using ethanol fuel and you have to let your boat sit for any length of time, even just a couple of weeks, run your fuel tank as low as possible, put a quality conditioner in the tank and drain any remaining fuel from your engines fuel system. Don’t let this fuel sit any length of time, unless you want a big repair bill in the fall. Non-ethanol fuel is still available at many marinas. If you have this fuel in your tank, you can use the old rule of storing your boat with a full tank of gas, add a quality conditioner and then run your motor until you are sure the conditioned fuel has run through the fuel system. This will still have its limits.

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