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11-19-2012 10:27 AM
rwlpatrick
Re: Winterizing Bilge

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Originally Posted by cruisingdream View Post
one thing to add , if you don't take your batteries out take the fuse out for the automatic feature of your bilge pump to prevent it from trying to pump ice (or pink slush) if water does get in and freeze.
good idea thank you
11-17-2012 02:11 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Winterizing Bilge

For a keel stepped mast, the garboard plug is an important feature. Since our keel prevents one from being installed in the bottom of the bilge, we remove a thru hull near the bottom of the mast, in which the mast ingress passes on its way to the bilge. Works very well.

Minus 50 degree antifreeze will be overwhelmed very quickly by dilution. Minus 100 and be diluted by half and still protect like minus 50. Remember, these temps are not anti-freeze temps, they are anti-burst temps. They only protect freezing to a much higher temp. Just freezing in the bilge can mess with float switches, etc.
11-17-2012 01:57 PM
SailingSloop
Re: Winterizing Bilge

I like the anti-freeze idea. I've used salt in the bilge in the past, turning my fresh water boat into a salty.
11-17-2012 09:01 AM
cruisingdream
Re: Winterizing Bilge

one thing to add , if you don't take your batteries out take the fuse out for the automatic feature of your bilge pump to prevent it from trying to pump ice (or pink slush) if water does get in and freeze.
11-17-2012 08:39 AM
bljones
Re: Winterizing Bilge

Lol.
11-17-2012 01:47 AM
RobGallagher
Re: Winterizing Bilge

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Steve Jobs figured if someone was stupid enough to stand in line to buy a $500 phone every year then they need all the help they can get. or one more naive, er generous than me could view integrated presumptive condescension as a feature. In any event, i'm stunned at the number of people who like using an appliance that not only believes it is smarter than it's user but is happy to regularly screw things up by demonstrating that opinion.
I'm stunned.
11-17-2012 12:43 AM
bljones
Re: Winterizing Bilge

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Damn Iphones are the worst for that.
Steve Jobs figured if someone was stupid enough to stand in line to buy a $500 phone every year then they need all the help they can get. or one more naive, er generous than me could view integrated presumptive condescension as a feature. In any event, i'm stunned at the number of people who like using an appliance that not only believes it is smarter than it's user but is happy to regularly screw things up by demonstrating that opinion.
11-16-2012 11:39 PM
RobGallagher
Re: Winterizing Bilge

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Damn autocorrect, but still an accurate description of many bilges.
Damn Iphones are the worst for that. Thanks for pointing it out, gave me a good laugh.
11-16-2012 10:27 PM
bljones
Re: Winterizing Bilge

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yogurt watering
Damn autocorrect, but still an accurate description of many bilges.
11-16-2012 07:58 PM
dinosdad
Re: Winterizing Bilge

+1 on what rob said. I bought his old boat and his method works well ( he showed me his winterizing schedule in person last season!) the only thing I can add is after your done have a beer in the emptied and stripped down cabin and reflect on a great season of boating ( ok maybe more than one)
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