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11-27-2012 04:33 AM
chef2sail
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

I do similarly to Palmetto and his advice is good.

make sure you winterize the anchor washdown pump if you have it and bilge pump. Any pupm or line which contains fresh water just run the pink straight through it

As far as the Yanmar. There is no need to winterize the fresh water side as that has antifreeze in it. Make sure its up tho the sorrect strength. There are good marine antifreezes which have sepcial anticorrosive additives also. In the winterization process I always change the oil then so its fresh in the spring and doesnt have any acids in oit sitting for a few months. In the spring I always change the impeller on the raw water
Yanmar pump so it doesnt fly apart during the year and clog the engine/ heat exchanger.
The raw water intake you need to develope a system like Palmetto said. I disconnect from thru hull and have an atachment hose with double barb to run pink antifreeze through till it runs out the exhaust. This can take about 3 gallons at least depending on the amount of hose and the size of water muffler if you have one.

Other winterizing tips is to have some kind of damp rid or like to absorb humidity. Have some tree oil product or kannaberra gel to prevent mold, Either take cushions home or leave them on end to allow air circullation and decrease mold.' If you have navpod make sure its coverd.

Dave
11-26-2012 08:53 PM
PalmettoSailor
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunk-Holer View Post
I have a related, but slightly different question. After several years being boat-less, I am about to close on 2006 Hunter 33. It is by far the biggest, nicest boat i have ever own, and i worked very hard for many years to be able to "afford" it (to whatever extent any of us normal people can really afford our boat addictions). I don't know if it is age/wisdom or just paranoia, but I am crazy worried about being able to close on it in time to get it winterized before something freezes and breaks. In everyone's experience living in this area (I am from up north), how close am I to being in extremis with respect to winterization?

I need to motor it around the bay a couple more times to move it from the owner's slip to a boat yard for survey and then to wherever I am going to keep it (probably Magothy Marina or the military marina at Carr Creek). I figure I can winterize the potable water, heads/wastewater and A/C systems right away.

I am worried about the Yanmar. I don't know how much of a pain it is to get the right water/anti-freeze mixture in the freshwater side, and, figure I might need several gallons of fairly expensive, high end anti-freeze for both the fresh and salt-water sides??? I am not as worried about the cost of the anti-freeze (although it will stink if I have to do it twice and it uses multiple gallons of $10-15/gal anti-freeze each time). I am worried about getting it done in time to ensure I don't crack the block...

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

Gunk-Holer Joe
Don't sweat it you have some time, but I would pump all the tanks (Water and holding)dry ASAP, then put in a couple of gallons of pink antifreeze and run each outlet until you see pink. Don't forget about the stern shower if you have one.

The engine is pretty easy also and you use the same pink anti-freeze which is no where near $10 Gallon, even at West Marine prices. Many people leave their boat in the water year round and will take it out on those rare nice days over the winter and re-winterize the raw water side each time. You don't need to do anyting to the freshwater side. I built a bucket with a valve and hose that I use for my AC unit and raw water cooling. I just take the hose off at the through hull and connect my bucket then pour in a couple of gallons and crank the engine until I get pink out the exhaust and shut everything down. Same process for the AC. Its easily doable in a day.
11-26-2012 08:10 PM
jsaronson
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

Water temp in the bay is 50 degrees. The boat will be fine unless temps drop into the low 20s
11-26-2012 08:01 PM
Gunk-Holer
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

I have a related, but slightly different question. After several years being boat-less, I am about to close on 2006 Hunter 33. It is by far the biggest, nicest boat i have ever own, and i worked very hard for many years to be able to "afford" it (to whatever extent any of us normal people can really afford our boat addictions). I don't know if it is age/wisdom or just paranoia, but I am crazy worried about being able to close on it in time to get it winterized before something freezes and breaks. In everyone's experience living in this area (I am from up north), how close am I to being in extremis with respect to winterization?

I need to motor it around the bay a couple more times to move it from the owner's slip to a boat yard for survey and then to wherever I am going to keep it (probably Magothy Marina or the military marina at Carr Creek). I figure I can winterize the potable water, heads/wastewater and A/C systems right away.

I am worried about the Yanmar. I don't know how much of a pain it is to get the right water/anti-freeze mixture in the freshwater side, and, figure I might need several gallons of fairly expensive, high end anti-freeze for both the fresh and salt-water sides??? I am not as worried about the cost of the anti-freeze (although it will stink if I have to do it twice and it uses multiple gallons of $10-15/gal anti-freeze each time). I am worried about getting it done in time to ensure I don't crack the block...

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

Gunk-Holer Joe
10-02-2012 03:45 PM
nickmerc
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

I found Jabin's rate to be higher than other yards in Annapolis for various services, but when I had the boat hauled for transport to St. Louis I ended up going with them anyway. I had the boat hauled at Port Annapolis a year earlier so I could refresh the bottom paint and it ended up being quite expensive and they were a pain to deal with when it came time to honor a coupon from Spinsheet right before they splashed me.

The point is even though Jabin's rates are high they yard hands are very good and work quickly. The cost for the haul there ended up being less than at Port A because Jabins spent much less time messing around and got the job done. I would not shy away from using them to do the work.
10-01-2012 02:17 PM
chef2sail
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

Hortons is fine. You will pay Annapolis rates though.

Dave
10-01-2012 11:20 AM
xluke
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

Thanks for the thoughts. I would normally do this myself but regrettably I am over a thousand miles away from the boat, or it wouldn't be on the hard!
I suppose I could fly in to do the work...

Any other suggestions?

Thanks again!
10-01-2012 10:41 AM
jorgenl
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

Try hortonmarineservices.com. Ask for Nate.
Reliable and located at jabin's
10-01-2012 09:50 AM
jsaronson
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

Try Fiddlehead Boatworks llc - Home

Jabins is outrageous!
10-01-2012 09:19 AM
aa3jy
Re: Winterization service in Annapolis

Being the fact you noted that you're up "on the hard" it may limit you as to having someone out side Jabins doing service work on your boat without them adding to your bill..but someone on that side of the Bay can comment on that..

Suggest maybe if your handy to do the winterization your self but then again your requesting info for dependable professional service. I'd contact the Jabins and find out their prices and availability..the latter the service is done the harder it is to get service in a timely manner as most yards become extremely busy and I'd also ask about their policy bringing in outside contractors..
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