Wondering how to store your boat for the winter and protect it from the harsh weather. \u00a0Take a look at this video which will give guidance on storing your boat until those lazy days of summer returns and you are back on water.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWinter Boat Storage\r\n\r\n\r\nMan: When the fall hunting season arrives, many of us boat owners forget about our fishing rigs and just park them in the back yard until our next fishing trip.\r\n\r\nWoman: In our part of the country, our coldest months of the year come after most hunting seasons are closed, so we don\u2019t use our boats for another few months.\r\n\r\nMan: Whether it\u2019s winter or summer, most outboards don\u2019t perform well after long periods of inactivity. We talked with Jerry Pettipher about preparing out boats and motors for periods of long storage.\r\n\r\nJerry Pettipher: If you\u2019re going to store your boat for an extended period of time, one of the things we like to see is that, you know, put stabilizer in your fuel and run the engine with the stabilizer in the fuel. Or in the small engines, run the fuel out of the motor. We\u2019d like to see you charge your battery so your batteries will still be good when we get through.\r\n\r\nWoman: And what about boats exposed to freezing temperatures?\r\n\r\nJerry Pettipher: In South Louisiana, we don\u2019t have to have as extensive a storage and winter preparation as they do up North. We need to tilt the motor so the water runs out the engine, and we need to make sure that the bilge and the livewells are dry.\r\n\r\nMan: And what if you have a motor that\u2019s set up for an extended period of time? This is what Jerry has to say.\r\n\r\nJerry Pettipher: If you have a motor that\u2019s set for an extended period of time and you didn\u2019t put any stabilizer in the fuel, you probably need to clean the carburetors or the fuel injection system and the fuel injection pump, get the fuel system working properly so it doesn\u2019t damage your engine when you run it.\r\n\r\nWoman: Jerry suggests you don\u2019t fill your gas tank before storing your boat. The reason is you will need fresh gas come Spring, and old gas is difficult to dispose of.\r\n\r\nMan: if you\u2019re unsure of your motor\u2019s condition or experience running problems, then get it to a dealer for service before serious problems develop.\r\n\r\nWoman: With your outdoor report, I\u2019m Susan\u2026\r\n\r\nMan: And I\u2019m Maury.