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Re: it's over? Winterizing
Patrick, congrats on the new boat. I've crawled around on a CS 27. Great boats, good reputations. You have lots of questions. As a fellow Great Lakes sailor (who has already put our baby to bed for the winter), here's my thoughts:
Mast removal: I don't know your boat, but you'll likely need a mast crane to remove the stick safely. The yard you are storing the boat at will most likely have such a thing. Most yards provide this service, for a fee of course. I leave my halyards in place, swapped neatly around the mast. Sheets are removed. Before you go into the mast dock, slacken the turnbuckles on your standing rigging (slacken, don't remove!). This will make the process go faster.
Removing your stick will be quite easy. It's not that big. However, you may not need to remove it at all for winter storage. Some yards demand removal, most don't. Some owners prefer removal, others don't. My approach is to remove my mast every few years for maintenance. I've left it up over the winter many times. Certainly makes for easier Spring launch. Some say leaving mast up is harder on the boat.
Head: Empty holding tank, remove all water from system, open all thru-hulls, pump plumber antifreeze trough the system, including into the holding tank.
Galley/sinks: Same process; remove all water including emptying fresh water tank. Open any thru-hulls related to system. Pump plumbers antifreeze through entire system, including all pumps, hoses, taps, and into the water tank. When the outflow at the taps run red then you're good.
Engine: Winterizing depends on the type of engine you have. For my diesel engine with heat-exchanger I change the oil at the end of the season. Some people do it at the beginning (or both). Once the boat is out of the water I run engine antifreeze (70:30) through the raw water cooling system by attaching a hose upstream of the raw water impeller pump. Run the engine until you get antifreeze running out the exhaust. I collect and test the outflow to ensure sufficient antifreeze concentration (I aim for 70:30, but 60:40 is usually OK). Open all related thru-hulls and drain the raw water strainer.
Cover: Yes, I think it's a good idea. It's not hard to build a good cover using flexible conduit and a tarp. My current boat uses a custom canvas cover. Many people shrink-wrap. Of course some people only cover the cockpit, and other people do nothing. To me, it's about snow load and the risk of water freezing/thawing on the deck.
Clean the hull: Yes, as soon as it comes out of the water. Most yards will have a pressure water cleaner.
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