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Yamar 2gm not winterize

Hello I check on my boat this weekend , and it appear to me the boat yard ,

did not winterize my engine , or head .

I am most concern about motor . I did not see any red in sea strainer .

What should i look for ( Ice damage ) , and what precautions should i take,

before trying to start motor .

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Re: Yamar 2gm not winterize

Interesting..did you pay for winterization? Do you have a contract stating that this service was to be performed? Where are you located and how was your winter(prolonged freezing)?

Before any attempt I'd have a marina have a rep present before starting so they are aware of the situation. CYA
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Re: Yamar 2gm not winterize

I would not panic until you talk to the boat yard. There are a number of possible explanations on why you don't see pink, which result from the different ways that your engine could be winterized. For example I personally do not use 'pink' antifreeze in the engine, using the yellow-green type since it is intended for dissimilar metals. Also I have had boats on which I would drain the strainer and intake hose after winterizing the engine itself since you could not reliably get antifreeze into them, and they would drain when you disconnected the downstream hose at the strainer.

I also completely agree with aa3jy that before you make any attempt to do anything, that you talk to the marina and have a marina rep present before starting so they are aware of the situation.

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Re: Yamar 2gm not winterize

Agree with the above -
You don't need anti-freeze in the strainer, simply draining the water out is sufficient to prevent damage. Ice damages because frozen water displaces more area that liquid water which causes pressure and breaks stuff.

Same thing on the plumbing, a drained system is just as safe as a antifreeze filled system. Folks selling winterization services don't want to admit that, but think it through a bit.
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Re: Yamar 2gm not winterize

Agree with Jeff (and others)…
What did you contract with the yard to do?
Then talk with the yard and find out what they did and how they did it.
You may be AOK.
If not, then go to the “next step”.
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Re: Yamar 2gm not winterize

Frequently, the winterization process is completed with compressed air, and not antifreeze. That would explain the lack of pink.

Check with the yard manager to see if your boat was winterized, and let him know that you would like him present when you fire her up.
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