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winterizing costs

maybe its because I am one frugal nutcase but I just don't understand this.

I got a letter from my marina outlining the costs to "winterize" my boat. (funny, I sold the last hole in the water that I had last month, but nonetheless)

the cost to winterize one engine (doesn't specify gas or diesel) including
drain block, mainfold, coolers, "other water passages" add antifreeze and "fog" 150.00

change oil and filter, single engine 97.50. You get a deal if you have two, its only 162.50 (two engines or engine/genset)

the real deal comes if you have two of the smoky things AND a gen set, they'll change all of the oil filters and oil for the nominal sum of 260.00
(OIL AND FILTER ADDITIONAL)


change fuel filters (canister type only) 50.00 per engine, (PLUS FILTER COST)

winterize marine head, 75.00 no details. (for 75.00, I want details or a playmate can park her azz on my head)

winterize marine a/c system, 75.00 per system

winterize fresh water system, drain and bypass water heater, 175.00

are you kiddin' me?
are these prices in line with what y'all are seeing?
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I'll let you know next week when I get my bill.
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yup! and you're lucky if they do it correctly at that price. See if you have better luck than me getting your wife to pay at that rate.

Our marina charger "T&M" for oil changes and engine winterization which is worse unless you like these kinds of surprises.

$50 to winterize a head; $60 if electric head - must require two people to push the button...

Winterize A/C $90

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Sounds like they need some capital to carry them thru the long cold winter.
Pardon my ignorance but I am a Californian, What do you have to do to "winterize" an air conditioner ?
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The only way to winterize is DIY!!!!! I can winterize my engine, change my oil 7 filter, drain and blow out my fresh water system (including head), zinc change, drain my muffler, fog my engine and change my fuel filters all for less than $50.00.

I don't let the boat yards touch my boat for anything unless it involves a crane or lift.... Think about it guys. You all (I'm extrapolating here) have a college education and the flunkies at boat yards are lucky to have a high school GED. Doing stuff yourself ensures the job is done right, on time and on budget. This is not rocket science guys and most DIY boat work is about as tough as making a PB&J sandwich although a little more dirty....
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Check with your insurance company regarding engine winterization. Some will require they be done by a "qualified" mechanic.
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And some of us are just plain lazy, that"s why I pay someone to do it.
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Winterizing is time consuming but fairly simple and straightforward -- not one of those jobs I'd hire out. The toughest part on our boat is wrestling the dang winter cover on! Which I did yesterday:

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Jesus...what the hell is that a cover for the winter??

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Sounds like they need some capital to carry them thru the long cold winter.
Pardon my ignorance but I am a Californian, What do you have to do to "winterize" an air conditioner ?
cap, if the a/c is water cooled the condenser was to be drained or antifreeze has to be pumped threw it.
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