2012-01-20 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

The Karen Ann sails the seven seas. The Karen Ann sails the seven seas. The blow this past weekend pretty much left me and my friends dockside, just as well I’ve been neglecting some maintenance and will more than likely hit the shipyard in the next few weeks. That being said I’ll go over a list of “to do” maintenance and hopefully some of these points will help any readers in the boating world.

* Winterize engine and all water related intakes, wash down pumps, head and so on. I use RV antifreeze the pink stuff it’s affordable about five bucks a gallon or thereabout.

* Visually inspect all engine, shaft and rudder zincs more than likely they’ll need replacement, if in doubt get an owner’s manual, it’s a worthwhile investment.

* Check fuel lines, primer bulb, and fuel filters.

* Outboard owners fog all ports, run fresh water through system.

* Check seals on all deck hatches.

* Prep bottom for anti-fouling paint, order it; often they’ll be at a discount this time of year.

* Disconnect batteries; if practical, store indoors.

That’s a basic to do list; next week we’ll get into some more detailed things.

Fish wise codfish continue to entice anglers to go out. Apparently along with local codfish, catches of mackerel are also reported. And with the water temps not all that bad when conditions allow, blackfish are being caught.

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