Join Date: Mar 2007
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I would remove all canvas and sails unless you plan to sail over the winter. As far as anti-freeze, do not uses the traditional car anti-freeeze on anything that is in contact with potable water systems. West Marine, Faucetts, or a hardware store will have a non-toxic grade. For Annapolis, -50 F should be fine. Drain all the water first, then pour some AF in the water tanks and head and pump through the lines.
Once you winterize the motor, for the Raw water intake, close the seacock, pull out the sea strainer basket an pull out as much water from the strainer glass. Use a turkey baster to get as much as you can. Once as much water is out, fill it back up with AF, and replace the strainer. Keep the seacock closed and the gentle rocking of the boat will mix the AF with whatever residual water may be left in the line.
Since you are having the boat remain in the water, you need to keep the batteries on, for the bilge puBmp, unless you have AC power available at the dock.
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