This will be my first winter in a climate that can have freezing temperatures. I have studies most of the threads and think I got a fairly good grip on the concept. I will leave her in the water this winter while the bottom paint still looked OK when I had her out just 3 months ago for a prop change.
Running antifreeze though engine, Air conditioner, head/holding tank, by removing in-feed hoses and sucking antifreeze through until it comes out at the other end makes sense.
But it still leaves the question open to what happens to the in-feed lines from the seacock to the strainer? I was planing to take the hoses off at the strainer for the antifreeze infusion. was I wrong with that assumption?
Some threads are talking about non-toxic antifreeze for the freshwater tank and system (hoses faucets). I assume that's not the typical car/RV antifreeze. Where would I get it and would it harm my aluminum freshwater tank?
What's about canvas (bimini/dodger) and sails (roller furled jib and stay-sail and full battened main in stack-pack). I have the convenience to have my boat where I can see it from my apartment so I could take care of snow when needed.
I assume, in Annapolis it should be OK to lave the batteries (5 AGMs) on the boat unless a new ice-age will start this year ( I hope we are still a couple decades away from than
I know for many of you this is just routine. I have been only a warm climate sailor so far and this will be my first winter.
Any good suggestions are appreciated