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I think my neighbor has an ice eater for a pet...
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Originally Posted by mrh40cal View Post
So, to winterize the ball valve, after the engine is filled with anti-freeze, I blow into the secondary hose and open the seacock until I hear bubles blowing out the bottom of the boat, then close the valve. Then I fill up the secondary hose with anti-freeze until it is above the water line. Then open and close the seacock again, allowing the antifreeze to sink down into the ball valve.
Is this common practice? I'm pretty sure my yard doesn't go this far.
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Being a Westcoaster, my boats are always in the water all year and I've never winterized an engine. Neither have my neighbors. The water is salt and as long as there is some heat on the boat no problem. The heater set to come on near freezing is a good idea. As I now live aboard it's always quite warm. I was going to post a pic of my marina last December under lots of snow but couldn't find one so this will have to do. Not me or my boat but a cool pic.
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post #34 of 34 Old 12-01-2009
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It is really nice to read and see photos of the cold winter problems some sailors have.

Reminds me of why I am where I am!!

I prefer a sailboat to a motorboat, and it is my belief that boat sailing is a finer, more difficult, and sturdier art than running a motor.... Jack London
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