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Avoid Repairs (Plus Fishing Delays ) With This Winter Outboard Tips

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Over the last few weeks I’ve encountered half a dozen anglers at the boat ramps early in the morning that are dealing with an outboard motor problem that can be easily avoided (and help protect your outboard from permanent damage as well).


When temperatures dip down to freezing (even if it’s just at night) you’ll save yourself a whole lot of hassle and potentially a big repair bill if you’ll follow these simple steps.


Plus, you’ll make sure you avoid ruining what could be an epic winter catfish fishing trip.


Outboard boat

Here’s What Happens

Many anglers follow this routine.


  • Pull boat onto the trailer at the boat ramp

  • Trim the motor up

  • Drive to a staging area

  • Stow you’re catfishing gear

  • Pull the drain plug and allow water to drain

  • Strap the back of the boat to the trailer

  • Insert transom saver to secure the motor to the trailer

  • Drive off and go


While this is a perfectly good routine for much of the year you need to take an extra step and pay a little more attention to your outboard motor if there’s a chance of freezing weather.


When you pull the boat on the trailer and trim the motor up water stays in the motor. If you leave it there and don’t drain it you’re asking for trouble.


When you go to launch you’re boat that next freezing morning that water you left in the outboard will be frozen preventing water from pumping correctly to cool your outboard motor. The engine alarm will go off and you’ll be stuck waiting for the ice to thaw that’s inside the motor. This can not only cause a significant delay in the start of your fishing trip but I’ve also heard stories of very expensive outboard motor repairs from allowing water to freeze inside the motor.


winter boat outboard

Winter Outboard Freeze Protection

Here’s what to do to keep this from happening when you get to the staging area.


  • Trim motor all the way down and let sit for a few seconds (you’ll see water draining from the motor).

  • When the draining slows trim the motor all the way up again

  • Trim the motor all the way down again and drain any remaining water.

  • Stow motor as usual


These simple steps will keep water from freezing inside your outboard motor and causing any delays in fishing or potential damage.


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