Looking for some guidance and advice about winterizing a spectra watermaker
. We have a new to us boat that we purchased this past spring and now are looking to winterize. We have never owned or operated a watermaker
, nor winterized one either, so any insights are welcome.
I have read through the manual already. Looked over the system and understand all the moving parts
. The unit is currently pickled. My basic questions are this:
- Given that the watermaker and membrane has, at any given time, between 2 to 2.5 gallons of water in it, how do I make sure when I flush the pink antifreeze through that it is not diluted too much by the existing water in the system? Keep in mind, I am in Minnesota and will want the antifreeze at full strength in order to prevent any freezing issues.
- On the theme of number 1 above, can you run the watermaker and cut off the intake of water to run it dry so to speak prior to introducing the antifreeze?
- The product water produced by the watermaker is, of course, routed to the water tank. There is a 1/4 inch rigid black hose that leads to the water tank. It does not appear that I can disconnect this hose from the water tank. I would like to avoid introducing pink antifreeze into the water tank itself. We will instead pump the tank dry. Any ideas on how to avoid the pink stuff in the water tank?
Any other tips or advice that you have in this process are more than welcome. As is usually the case, operational manuals
are sometimes less than clear.