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Registered: ‎09-12-2017

1st time Self Winterizing... Few Questions

I have 2014 22 slx with an Evinrude Etec Pontoon series 90 HP engine and i am looking for advice on the proper winterization process. (i can't believe how hard it is to find the "proper" process for winterization.) The boat is kept in the water throughout the summer in a salt water bay, in DE, and i pull the boat out for Hard Storage Nov-May each year. I have been having the local marinas winterize and store the boat but for cost reasons i am going to start winterizing the boat myself. I wanted to find out the proper process/procedure and make sure i don't overlook any steps. 

This is my plan for winterization and storage, can anyone please tell me if i am missing any key steps or does it look like if i follow this plan the boat should be good to go in the summer. Any help and advice is HUGELY appreciated! 

For General End of Summer Boat Care i perform the following: 

  • Detailed Cleaning & de-greasing of the floor and seats
  • Vinyl Guard on all the seats
  • wash and wax of the side panels inside and out
  • power wash the toons
  • Wash the Bimini cover and add 303 fabric guard
  • wash the mooring cover and add 303 fabric guard
  • remove everything from the boat

For Winterization this is the list i have been able to find so far:
please tell me if i am missing any key steps. 

  • Fill the fuel tank and add fuel stabilizer, prior to pulling the boat. I will run the boat with stabilizer for approx 30 min before hauling to make sure it is circulated.
  • Fill the external Oil Tank with XD 100 oil
  • Run the Evinrude e-tech auto winterization feature (basically fogs the engine)
  • Change the lower Gear lube
  • Replace the fuel Filter
  • replace the drain screws and gaskets
  • remove the prop and check for debris or fishing line, check the gasket. (replace if needed)
  • grease the prop shaft with Triple Guard grease and reinstall the prop
  • New Cotter pin on the prop
  • change the fuel water separator filter
  • remove the battery, store indoors with trickle charge
  • Spray the engine and Rubber Seals with silicone spray
  • Grease the grease fittings on the engine mounts
  • Flush the engine and let it drain
  • Store engine down position
  • Add damp rid and moth balls to interior
  • wrap the boat (after completely dry to prevent mold growth)
  • Re-Apply Bottom Paint
  • store and return in the summer.

Being that this will be my first time winterizing the boat myself, any advice and tips will be a HUGE Help. 

Thank you in advance