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Old 20-11-2011, 06:00   #16
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Spent most of yesterday winterizing the boat!

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Old 20-11-2011, 06:26   #17
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Spent most of yesterday winterizing the boat!
At the moment I'm kind of hating some of you
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I feel your pain or at least use to. I spent many a chilly fall evenings changing the oil and flushing the engine with antifreeze while winterizing the engine. But, that task became much easier since I went to electric propulsion. Now it's just pull the boat and winterize the fresh water system:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: SEASONAL SIGNALS TO WINTERIZE THE BOAT
Now it's no longer the dreaded messy task it use to be.
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Old 20-11-2011, 06:57   #18
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

Sailboats are not as much a problem as open decked power boats. Especially if left in the water.

Even on the hard the two things I keep an eye on are small pumps and drains. It doesn't take much to freeze up a small pump and brake the plastic parts, even the saltwater ones.
And drains can freeze up allowing more water to back up and freeze/expand other items. Cockpit drains are known to sink boats if hoses brake or plug up.

But if your on the boat daily and do run some heat and/or motor, it's not likely you'll have a problem until it gets below the 20's F and stays there for more then a day.

Anything that's close to the hull/deck, above the waterline, should be monitored.
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Old 20-11-2011, 07:11   #19
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

Down here we have to "summerize" (lay up for the hurricane season.)
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Old 20-11-2011, 07:30   #20
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Down here we have to "summerize" (lay up for the hurricane season.)

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Old 20-11-2011, 07:32   #21
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

I sail all year round. But I have to both winterize and summerize.
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

No summerizing or winterizing along the west cost of the US and we sail throughout the year. Inland in the mountains here it snows.
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What was that old beauty product ad...the one with Rula Lenska? "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful", she said.

Don't hate me because it's in the 80s F year-round down here, Don!
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

Can sail all year in Puget Sound. My mooring is on a lake where the water temp can get low enough that we get ice in the shallows some years. Once the lake has cooled off and if we get a below freezing snap for a week, I'll run antifreeze through the engine and drain water out of the faucets that are high in the boat since I don't have power at the dock. Doesn't happen every year.

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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

I don't have to winterize and don't want to: I intend to continue sailing in winter, as in previous years.

Here too, the air temperature rarely goes under -5C and the water stays above +4C. Then, the only problem is with fresh water: it is cut on the pontoon when there is a risk of freezing. So, if I drained the tank, I can't fill it.

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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

Come on gang! Everyone knows the easiest way to winterize is to sail SOUTH!
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

I have added a poll.
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Old 20-11-2011, 09:49   #28
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

What I want to know is why I can winterize the boat in one day, yet it takes me two weeks at a minimum to get it ready to go back in the water! I don't mind the actual work of winterization, but I find it more and more depressing every year to take the boat out of the water, especially in contrast to the many great years when I was able to sail south, which is the best winterization program.
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Re: Do You Have To Winterize?

Southern Ontario (Canada) here. We don't have much of a choice; either you winterize it now or you replace it in April. Our winters are milder than they used to be, but we still get a few days of -20 C or colder and we still get a great thick sheet of ice on the lake. The car ferry has a bubbler, and the tour boats are kept in the water behind a breakwall, but just about everything else has to be hauled.

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Yup. Everything is full of antifreeze
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