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Tough to get all the water out of the system without disconnecting a lot of the hoses... so using antifreeze is often more sure and less hassle.
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Why can't you make an adapter and simply purge all water out of tanks and lines using compressed air, then you don't have to introduce any antifreeze into your water system.

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Smile fresh water system antifreeze

i use the fresh water pump to pump the tanks dry. next i remove the fresh water hoses from the water heater. to get the water heater to drain i have to put a screwdriver in the bottom heater connection to open the check valve. next i use a copper tube to connect the two hoses. this way i don't have to waste antifreeze filling the water heater. i then remove the intake hose from the fresh water pump and connect a 4ft hose to it. i put the hose in the jug of pink RV antifreeze, turn on the pump and run it till i have antifreeze coming out of all the faucets. in the spring all you have to do is connect the water pump intake hose, fill the tanks and run the pump till clear water comes out all faucets. then remove the copper tube and reconnect the hoses to the water heater. i use 3 gal of antifreeze because i pump it through the head also ( through a hose connected to the sea water intake on the head pump )
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Thumbs up batteries and tarps

When I store my boat I NEVER use shrink wrap. Up here in the cold of North Idaho, I found that plastic keeps water vapor in. If you can arrange for flow through ventilation, that is best. You can use a low energy muffin fan and a 4" plastic exhaust tube to draw moisture out of the boat. This works best in COLD, but not high humidity (wet) environments. Tarps fastened as SD recommended work well. I have never had any water issues.

On charging, I agree with K1. I just put a trickle charger in the boat and check it monthly to make sure it is still plugged in and running. MAKE SURE you take the cables OFF and do not just switch to the OFF battery setting. On my boat at least, that still leaves things connected and will cause increased battery drain.
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