How much winterizing do I need? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 09-13-2004
foxglove's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 180
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
foxglove is on a distinguished road
How much winterizing do I need?

I keep my boat in the Chesapeake Bay near the Rt 50 Bay Bridge. For the first time this winter, I am leaving the boat in the water. My marina has a bubble system and most of the boats never haul out for winter.

Do I need to winterize the engine? It''s the raw water type. What about the water tanks? They live below the water line under the settees. Should I empty them, antifreeze them? I don''t live aboard and would rather not leave a heater or any other appliance running while I''m gone. Any thoughts appreciated.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 09-13-2004
Jeff_H's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,565
Thanks: 5
Thanked 93 Times in 70 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
How much winterizing do I need?

I live in Annapolis just a few miles south of the Bridge. While our winters vary from year to year, but I typically winterize my engine and water systems and drain the water tanks. I, lik emany Chesapeake frost biters, have a Y valve on my engine cooling water that allows a quick winterization of the system when I get back from a sail. There is often great sailing all year round. Last year I was frozen in for 5 weeks which was a record long freeze.

Jeff
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 09-14-2004
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 57
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Yodagwb is on a distinguished road
How much winterizing do I need?

Foxglove- I to just moved to the Chesapeake and will be leaving the boat in this year. I have mixed feeling about it. It is my understanding that you do your typical winterization, the same as if you were pulling the boat out, keeping in mind that drain lines will need treating due to the fact they will not drain as they do when pulling. It is also advisable to tarp or tent the boat to control snow load. Good luck
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 09-17-2004
foxglove's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 180
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
foxglove is on a distinguished road
How much winterizing do I need?

Thanks to you both
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 09-18-2004
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 31
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Bruceo1 is on a distinguished road
How much winterizing do I need?

By coincidence, I keep my boat near Annapolis and are planning on keeping her in the water for the first time this Winter. I''ve got a question about leaving water in the water lift muffler. Is there any danger of damage from freezing?

Thanks

Bruce
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 09-18-2004
Jeff_H's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,565
Thanks: 5
Thanked 93 Times in 70 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
How much winterizing do I need?

Depending on the winter you can expect to have problems with your water lift muffler if you do not winterize it. I typically run antifreeze through the raw water side of the engine until I see it come out the exhaust. With experience I have learned that on my current boat''s 3GM30 that means roughly a gallon to a gallon and a half of water/antifreeze mixture. I have been using a biodegradable engine anti-freeze for the past few years rather than an automotive antifreeze, which technically should not be discharged into the Bay. Most winters you can sail almost every weekend if you are hardy enough. As I mentioned earlier I typically drain and add antifreeze to the water tanks and potable water supply system and flush antifreeze through the head and saltwater supply system.

To touch on the earlier comments, I typically do not tent my boat. We generally do not get enough snow to justify the nuisance of tenting.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 09-18-2004
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Posts: 119
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
geohan is on a distinguished road
How much winterizing do I need?

For winterizing your water lift muffler would an installed drain plug or valve work? Be convenient without or with a long stemmed operating knob?? Just a thought that may or may not serve the purpose.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 09-18-2004
Jeff_H's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,565
Thanks: 5
Thanked 93 Times in 70 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
How much winterizing do I need?

All you really need to do is run antifreeze through the raw water side of engine and exhaust with the engine running and the waterlift is protected.

Jeff
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Winterizing For Cold Weather Ole_Sea_Dog General Discussion (sailing related) 8 01-14-2004 07:25 PM
Winterizing drynoc Gear & Maintenance 1 01-05-2004 10:59 AM
winterizing the rig jurpo Gear & Maintenance 1 09-11-2003 06:36 AM
Winterizing - Need advice rookie00 Gear & Maintenance 1 10-29-2002 04:20 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:13 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.