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I spose you have noticed that there are sailors out there all winter?
In Chesapeake country, there are certainly ways to keep it going.
I winterize the potable system. Generally, I just blow the water out, but you have to be careful; glycol is more conservative. I could try to keep heat on, but it does not seem worth it. Carry water bottles and skip showers.
Bilge pumps are tricky. As long as there is NO CHECK VALVE the water should drain back into the bilge and not freeze. I doubt the water ever hits 32 in Deltaville.
Winterize the head and flush with a jug of weak (20%) antifreeze solution. Remember, this only protects the flush side; you will still need to put glycol in the intake side, according to the directions.
I have twin outboards, so lifting them out of the water is enough. If I had an in-board I would have to think of a short-cut method. You can use any wasted glycol to flush the head!
Batteries just need to be charged, like your car. No worry.
Keep some heat on the boat; some small heater with a frost-watch setting.
Check on the boat every 2 weeks. Be prepared to go to the boat to do more if real cold is coming.
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