If you want to keep your boat running in the winter and are considering starting a winterized boat motor, you have a few things to consider first. There are many different sizes, styles and types of boats out there today and knowing what you need before you start will help you make a good decision. You’ll want something that is big enough to handle the weight of the watercraft, has an electric motor that is warm and run on power and be protected by the right kind of cover and other accessories.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is look into a cold-water starting system. This will give your boat added performance at the start of a storm or on a calm day when you’re starting it from the water. The main advantage of this system is that it uses a lower starting pressure and works just as well as starting with fresh water. You’ll have to drain the water out of the fuel tank and install the cold-water pump and fitting before starting the motor up. Make sure the fuel line is clear before starting the boat.
Another option you have is to run your motor off of a diesel engine that is in liquid or gas form. This can work if you have access to diesel fuel but will give your boat a longer range and dependability. You will also need a good battery and charging system with good salt water capacity. These systems are relatively expensive when you go to the extreme of starting from seaweed.
There are different options for starting a motor in saltwater such as an epoxy salt spray system, a cold water startup or even starting your motor off of a propane heater. You’ll need special wiring and fittings to do this. Some people also like to do their own winterizing using a hot water heater. However, this is a very dangerous undertaking. If you are unsure of your skills, it’s best to leave this to the experts.
I have two suggestions for you starting your motor in the saltwater. The first is to start with a starter diesel engine. This has the benefit of being extremely compact and being able to fit into the smallest boats, like those used on bass boats. It also has a good cold water capacity and is relatively fuel efficient. However, these benefits are offset by the extra cost of starting the motor.
My second suggestion is starting your motor off of a propane heater. If you use the heater, you may be better served by starting your motor with liquid fuel. Larger boats can easily support a larger motor, but I would suggest starting a winterized motor with a diesel engine.