My 1989 Bayliner bowrider with a 120-hp
engine and Cobra sterndrive has been covered and stored in my backyard since 2002.
I am considering activating the boat this
summer and was wondering, what is the best
way to re-commission my Bayliner given that
it was stored so long? Is there a publication
of some kind to address this subject?
JOHN ADEY: I can’t think of a single
resource that will explain all of the things
you may run into upon re-commissioning
after 10 years! It depends on the extent
of the winterization or storage procedures
done. Here is my initial checklist before
installing the battery and attempting to start:
1. Have a company remove any existing
gasoline and replace with a small amount of
high-octane fuel (that way, if it does not start,
you won’t be looking at a huge amount of
fuel). Change any fuel filters and inspect and
replace fuel lines as necessary.
2. Drain and replace engine and lower unit oil.
3. Remove the spark plugs (careful to record
the order), Loosen belts and spray some fog-
ging oil in the cylinder and hand-crank the
engine over with a socket wrench attached
to the crank shaft pulley. (This could be an
issue as the pistons could be seized to the
I have a Chris-Craft Catalina 280. Do you
know what the required zincs are on this
vessel with a single inboard and trim tabs?
Colonial Beach, VA
JOHN ADEY: This is not an easy answer!
There are a couple of ways to go about this:
1. Have a corrosion survey done: There are
ABYC-certified corrosion experts that can
use a meter and tell you how much zinc
to put on the boat and also look at your
bonding system which helps protect all the
underwater metals. ABYC will give you a list
of certified techs.
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