Wondering if you guys can share some knowledge...
I need to submit my request for fall service/winter storage to the yacht yard and am not real sure what is necessary, a luxury, or a ripoff. Help please?
1. Oil change/engine winterization...my mechanic will change the oil for cheap before I sail back to the yachtyard. They charge $160 to winterize.
Always a good idea to change the oil before winter.
Don't want the nasty oil sitting in the engine over the winter. Also, need to fog the engine before leaving the boat for the winter.
2. Battery storage....do you remove from your boat? They want $45/ea to store and load test.
It depends, if the batteries are AGMs, they should be fine if they're fully charged and disconnected for the winter. Wet Cells require period charging, due to the relatively high self-discharge rate, and should either be hooked up to a charger periodically on the boat or taken home and have them charged about once a week or so.
3. Winterize head/holding tank....they charge $30 & up. I think I can do this.
This just requires you to buy and use non-toxic antifreeze. Don't forget to do your fresh water tank system as well. Drain all the fresh water from the system and then fill the system with a few gallons of non-toxic anti-freeze and pump it through to all the faucets.
4. Shrink wrap...they charge $620 (which I think is ridiculous)...should I just tarp like crazy? What supplies do I need to do this?
As PBZ said, make sure the tarp is well supported so it sheds snow, and you'll need to check on it periodically during the winter. Also, make sure the tarp is tightly fastened so the wind can't get underneath it and destroy it. BTW, don't use the grommets on a tarp. I have yet to see grommets on a tarp that can stand the tension and wind that a boat covering has to withstand. The grommets are almost always going to tear out. Use tarp clips instead.
They look like this one, which you can get here
About $1.30 each if you buy 10 or more. Fold the edges of the tarp over and put a piece of 1/8" cord in the fold and then attach the tarp to the folded section.
5. Winch maintenance? Steering system tune-up? Outdrive service?
Winch maintenance is an easy thing, but I would do that as part of the spring commissioning. Use a box with a hole the size of the winch cut in the bottom to help prevent the small parts from escaping.
Sailboats don't have Outdrives... as they're only found on power boats. They have saildrives or outboards.
Thanks a million for any advice...my first time doing this is overwhelming!