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How/what to winterize for living aboard in Great Lakes
I wintered a bit on my C36 last winter...no easy winter in southern connecticut.
I had a very nice heavy custom made canvas with frame cover for the boat from the Fairclough canvas co. That helped create a nice greenhouse effect when it could(www.faircloughsailmakers.com)
I pretty much didn''t use nor heat the forward V-berth and used that for storage and kept the door closed. I emptied my forward tank and ran the pink antifreeze through the line up to the water valve selector manifold & disconnected it there. I also disconnected the water lines to the cockpit shower and did the same thing.
My two aft water tanks I left alone and used for water
I also winterized the engine.....thats all...I did heat my boat at least to a minimal level, but I did nothing to the thruhulls...most were in the warmer areas of the boat.
It was a hell of a winter with the whole marina frozen over thick for a while, but with bubblers I was ok.