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|12-01-2009 08:59 AM|
It is really nice to read and see photos of the cold winter problems some sailors have.
Reminds me of why I am where I am!!
|12-01-2009 02:37 AM|
|mitiempo||Being a Westcoaster, my boats are always in the water all year and I've never winterized an engine. Neither have my neighbors. The water is salt and as long as there is some heat on the boat no problem. The heater set to come on near freezing is a good idea. As I now live aboard it's always quite warm. I was going to post a pic of my marina last December under lots of snow but couldn't find one so this will have to do. Not me or my boat but a cool pic.|
|12-01-2009 12:47 AM|
Originally Posted by mrh40cal View Post
|10-15-2008 02:56 PM|
|thedinghysailor||I think my neighbor has an ice eater for a pet...|
|11-15-2007 09:51 AM|
IIRC, pouring oil into the water is a MARPOL violation, even if it is just vegetable oil. If the local LEO's see the oil on the water and trace it back to your boat, you might be in some trouble. The fines for pretty nasty... the law doesn't distinguish between petroleum-based oil and vegetable-based oils as far as I can tell.
Originally Posted by andydroit View Post
|11-15-2007 09:15 AM|
|christyleigh||It's a small amphibian imported from Iceland that lives on ice.|
|11-15-2007 09:05 AM|
|davidpm||What is an ice eater. Around hear they use bubblers|
|11-14-2007 12:34 PM|
I wet stored my boat last year, with saildrives. I can shut off the raw water where it enters the boat, but there is still salt water in the sail drive leg. I don't winter sail, and was concerned that antifreeze would mix with seawater and become ineffective. I ended up winterizing the engine with antifreeze, thru the raw water strainer, then, with the engine off, poured some cooking oil into the raw water strainer until it showed up in the water outside the hull. This stuff is edible, so I assume non-toxic, and it floats on top of the salt water, not mixing. It stayed in the saildrive over the winter. Also, not a conductive medium, so should help galvanic corrosion.
|11-14-2007 10:21 AM|
wintering in the water
To the original thread... The only thing I don't think I saw covered is the seacock. If you leave the boat in and re-winterize after sailing, be sure to get the 'raw' water out of the ball valve. I have a T-fitting above my seacock with a ball valve attached that gives me the ability to winterize without removing hoses. So, to winterize the ball valve, after the engine is filled with anti-freeze, I blow into the secondary hose and open the seacock until I hear bubles blowing out the bottom of the boat, then close the valve. Then I fill up the secondary hose with anti-freeze until it is above the water line. Then open and close the seacock again, allowing the antifreeze to sink down into the ball valve.
To labatt regarding keeping a boat in the water in Annapolis... I keep my boat on Rock Creek outside Baltimore. This will be the 5th winter in the water. We have ice eaters and it keeps the ice off the boat. My creek freezes hard enough to keep a thrown brick from penatrating, so it is a hard freeze. Just winterize thoroughly and make sure ice eaters keep the ice away from the hull. You do risk scratches and some minor damage from ice as the boat will move around in the hole in the ice where it can rub. I have had no problems with this, but it can happen. Good luck.
|11-14-2007 10:11 AM|
Emergency Bilge pump
If you install a y-valve as suggested, it will also make for an excellent emergency bilge pump if you run the (fresh water) hose long enough to reach into the bilge. It is pretty amazing how much water the engine can pump out the exhaust when it is running.
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