Captains Test

by Conrad & Judy Kreuter

It’s that beautiful time of the year when the leaves are changing colors and the pumpkins are ripening in the fields. Since you have started wearing heavier jackets, it must also be the season to start to prepare your boat for winter.

1. When should you winterize your boat?
A. When the water freezes.
B. When air temperature starts to court the freezing mark.
C. October 31st.
D. I never winterize my boat.

2. Before stabilizing your fuel
A. make sure the gas tank is full to avoid condensation
B. get the tank as empty as possible
C. fill to 7/8 full to allow for gas expansion
D. any of the above

3. Your boat has been hauled and there are barnacles and green slim all over the bottom. The easiest method to remove them is:
A. let them dry till next spring when it will be easier to chisel them off.
B. use a bucket of warm soapy water and brush.
C. the boat was bottom painted in the spring so there is no need to clean the bottom.
D. apply a commercial boat bottom cleaner and pressure wash the bottom.

4. To avoid mildew in the cabin you should:
A. Strip the cabin bare including the cushions
B. place a mildew retardant chemical in the cabin
C. leave the doors and window open for air circulation
D. all of the above

5. To protect the fresh water systems during the cold winter months, you should:
A. leave the faucets open
B. add a cup of non-toxic antifreeze for each gallon of water in the tank
C. drain the system and add non-toxic antifreeze, run the system until antifreeze comes out the faucets
D. drain the system and blow out with compressed air
E. either c or d

6. Your outboard engine is being stored in a heated garage.
A. no further action is required
B. run the engine out of gas. Fogging the engine is not necessary
C.. the engines must be run out of gas and fogged
D. start the engine every two weeks to keep lubricated

7. When winterizing your new 4 stroke outboard after the fogging has been completed:
A. add antifreeze to the engine cooling system and store in the tilted position
B. store in an upright position, the block will drain automatically
C. run the engine without a cooling water supply to drain all the water
D. None of the above

8. To winterize your salt water cooled I/O engine you must:
A. turn the engine off, the water will drain automatically
B. stop the engine, open the engine water drains to allow the water to drain, close the drains, fill the block with antifreeze
C. stop the engine and fill with antifreeze
D. drain the engine block—no antifreeze is needed

9. The boat’s battery:
A. Require no maintenance
B. should be left in the boat and charged every two months
C. Should be disconnected and stored in the boat
D. should be stored in a place that affords protection from freezing

10. The best way to protect the boat from harsh winter elements is:
A. store the boat indoors
B. apply a shrink wrap covering to the entire boat
C. tie a blue poly tarp over the cabin top
D. a or b

11. Your I/O or inboard’s engine oil should be:
A. topped off to the full mark
B. changed at the same time as the filter
C. allowed to sit for the winter so that it drains down
D. left alone, oil is multi-season certified

12. Your boat’s zinc anodes appear to about a third of their original size:
A. Add at least one more to the lower unit
B. Replace them with stainless steel anodes, they last longer
C. This is a normal condition, replace them in the spring
D. don’t change them, you have two more seasons before they are completely gone


13.The lower unit gear oil on your outboard or I/O should:
A. be left alone, it was changed 3 years ago
B. drained now and refilled in spring
C. drained and refilled now
D. drained and refilled in the spring

11: B.
12: C.