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Winterizing Bilge

I winterized my boat last weekend for the first time and I am not sure what if anything to do with the bilge.There is some water in there now and i know i need to get it out but will anymore come in maybe through the mast (keel steped)? Is it worth putting antifreeze in the bilge or will that hurt anything? Thanks for any help.
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Here is what I do:
Run all bilge pumps dry, including your hand pump.
Pour nontoxic anti freeze into the bilge
Operate each pump until you see the anti freeze e itin the through hull.
Pour a bit more into the bilge if needed so that if yogurt watering there it won't freeze solid.
Check your bilge a coue of times over the winter if possible.
Add a little anti freeze and pump out if needed.

As water accumulates, he ratio of water to antifreeze will change. I don't like the idea of it freezing solid.
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that is a great plan thanks for the quick response I guess im not done winterizing yet.
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Re: Winterizing Bilge

You're choices are to do the anti-freeze, open a drain plug if you have one or stop all the leaks (hah!). So I also go the anti-freeze route.

Last year I also sucked the bilge dry with a wet-dry vac at the beginning of winter. Probably the first time it's been totally dry in 30 years. I also got 30 years worth of dropped hardware.
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Re: Winterizing Bilge

We do same as RobGallagher plus pull the garboard plug, clean filter screen on manual pump and electric pump housing, stuff rag in manual pump outlet to keep the unknowns out. Last year we started a full interior wipe down of every molded surface with Lysol wipes. In one day all the gamey smells were gone.

Being that we maintain the boat for the owner rather than own it, we've come to realize nobody else was doing anything, although the owner thought the yard was on the job.

Our approach is do it now, rather than forget it later.
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+1 on what rob said. I bought his old boat and his method works well ( he showed me his winterizing schedule in person last season!) the only thing I can add is after your done have a beer in the emptied and stripped down cabin and reflect on a great season of boating ( ok maybe more than one)
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yogurt watering
Damn autocorrect, but still an accurate description of many bilges.
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Damn autocorrect, but still an accurate description of many bilges.
Damn Iphones are the worst for that. Thanks for pointing it out, gave me a good laugh.
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Damn Iphones are the worst for that.
Steve Jobs figured if someone was stupid enough to stand in line to buy a $500 phone every year then they need all the help they can get. or one more naive, er generous than me could view integrated presumptive condescension as a feature. In any event, i'm stunned at the number of people who like using an appliance that not only believes it is smarter than it's user but is happy to regularly screw things up by demonstrating that opinion.

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Steve Jobs figured if someone was stupid enough to stand in line to buy a $500 phone every year then they need all the help they can get. or one more naive, er generous than me could view integrated presumptive condescension as a feature. In any event, i'm stunned at the number of people who like using an appliance that not only believes it is smarter than it's user but is happy to regularly screw things up by demonstrating that opinion.
I'm stunned.
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