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Leave In or Drain The Pink Stuff?

Winterizing the boat yesterday. Drained the water tanks and poured the Pink Anti-Freze in and pumped through the lines. What's the general consensus in leaving the stuff in the lines versus pumping it out of the lines and closing everything up and leaving the lines essentially unfilled except for residual pink anti-freeze?

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I always drain my lines and leave a faucet open.
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It's supposed to be left in over the winter.

If you have an inboard, you also need to run it through the cooling water lines to displace the water there.
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Don't think it matters either way, however, draining everything may help minimize the time and effort to re-commission in the spring. Hope you drained/bypassed the water heater in the process...
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Leave it in and flush in the spring.
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One reason to leave it in is if you get any condensation, particularly on boats stored outdoors in a sunny area, where the "greenhouse" effect of the shrink wrap can cause them to act as moisture traps, the pink stuff will prevent the condensation from freezing.
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One reason to leave it in is if you get any condensation, particularly on boats stored outdoors in a sunny area, where the "greenhouse" effect of the shrink wrap can cause them to act as moisture traps, the pink stuff will prevent the condensation from freezing.
Not to mention, leaving it in will prevent the growth of wierd green stuff..etc...
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im from maine originally,, we alwaYz left it in, rule of thumb, if it takes longer in the long run, its usually the right waY hehe
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I can not conceive of any boat making enough condensation within a hose to make it burst from freezing. It isn't going to happen.
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im from maine originally,, we alwaYz left it in, rule of thumb, if it takes longer in the long run, its usually the right waY hehe
Ok, this isn't instant messenger here, we use proper capitalization and punctuallity on sailnet...we just don't spell so good...
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