Winterizing your boat for winter is a task that every boat owner dreads, not so much for the effort that it takes to do it, but that it marks the end of the boating season. Slowly slipping away is the fun and relaxation of enjoying your days on the water.
Thanks to a northern neighbor for contacting us about a new use for our robust tool!
Watch the video below to learn how he used Bucket Ape to winterize his boat, at a much cheaper cost than typical "winterizing" kits. And remember if you discover another helpful use for Bucket Ape, we'd love to hear about it! Just see "Contact Us" at the bottom of this page.
Instructions for mounting Garden Hose Adapter Bulkhead connector:
Applicable if you want to build your own kit.
Drill/Cut a 1.5" hole, 2 inches from the bottom of a five gallon bucket
Remove the "nut" and thin washer from the bulkhead connector.
Insert the "bolt" and thick washer (gasket) from the inside of the bucket through the hole
Place the thin washer on the bolt protuding from the outside of the Bucket and screw on the nut, note that the nut has left handed threads.
Instructions for using the Winterizing Kit:
Warm the engine using your standard method of running your engine on land. Warm it to the point that the thermostat opens and water is circulating through the whole engine.
Shut engine off.
Connect the short hose to the bulkhead connector on the five gallon bucket Note - Do not use a hose longer than 6 ft as the flow through the hose will be reduced to a point that possible risk to the motor may occur.
Connect motor muffs to the short hose and place on engine intake.
Place the five gallon bucket as HIGH as possible to give most head pressure to the motor muffs. It is a gravity fed system so it needs to be elevated relative to the motor muffs. Do NOT place it on the ground or level to the motor muffs as insufficient flow will result and possible damage to the motor can occur.
Fill the five gallon bucket with anti-freeze.
Ensure the antifreeze is reaching the motor muffs and the antifreeze flow is sufficient.
Start your engine.
Run only long enough that antifreeze is being expleded from the engine. Flow should start after only a few seconds. If you do not see anything coming out of the engine, immediately shut off the engine to prevent permanent damage to the motor.
Shut off the engine when sufficient circulation has occurred.
Follow engine manufacturer's instructions for winterizing. (i.e., drain engine, etc)