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My engine and holding tank are done, but I haven't yet put any antifreeze in the bilges and pumps, and the fresh water system hasn't been done yet (planning to use vodka for that).

With a forecast low of 25 degrees tonight (high of 40 today, 36 tomorrow), is it imperative that I get this done today? The rest of the week will be a bit warmer (lows 27 - 31 degrees, highs around 40). The boat on the hard.
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If you were in the water I'd definitely say you'd be fine. Out of the water things freeze more quickly, but usually sustained temps below freezing are necessary before there's an issue. From that forecast, it sounds like the temps are only dipping below freezing for a few hours at night.

No promises, but I think you'll be okay. Do get over there this weekend and finish the process!
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I am weighing the options. I don't have much time today, but of course I'll regret putting it off if something breaks... maybe I'll run by the yard and pump a little antifreeze/vodka into the systems and then return to do a more thourough job this weekend.
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Dave,
As others have said you'll probably be OK.... but it's going to be an extra cold week in the NE. I would worry most about things on the Outside like the manual bilge pump. I say that because I apparently froze/broke mine last winter. After a few years in the 'heating blanket' of in water storage (bay water is still in the low 50's) I must have gotten sloppy with my winterization of the manual bilge pump that is wayyyy up in the cockpit on the North side of the boat away from the solar and water heating. From the pump I can't see the color of the water/antifreeze pumping out so I must have just assumed (I do all this stuff alone) I pumped long enough. After the cost and aggravation of replacing it this spring I called someone over to make sure I was Pumping Pink a couple weeks ago :rolleyes:
 

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Given the current forecast, I'd say you need to do at least a minimal job of getting antifreeze into the lines, faucets and pumps. A good dose of antifreeze in the bilge would be a good idea too.
 

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Ok, I am going to take a long lunch and see what I can get done. I'll report back later... I sailed to City Island (in the Bronx, NY) for the haulout, so the boat is only about 20 minutes from where I work, and its a bit warmer here than in Mystic, where she is usually berthed.
 

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I ran antifreeze through the electric bilge pump, fresh water pump and lines and shower bilge pump and lines, and I'll sleep easier tonight, and finish the job this weekend.
The manual bilge pump wasn't working- I usually use a portable bilge pump, and hadn't noticed (new winter project)- so I couldn't pump any antifreeze into the lines, but did put some in the bilge. The hot water lines are still unprotected, but hopefully they'll be ok.
Thanks to everyone for the advice,
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Sorry to hyjack the thread, but I have been wondering. My boat is in the Florida panhndle, that means I don't have to worry about winterizing the boat correct?

Someone told me that I have nothing to worry about but I wouldn't mind double checking......
 

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Hey Perit. BITE ME!!.

Just kidding. Yes you should be ok as I don't think it drops below freezing even in the panhandle. However if you see a forecast where it doesn't go above freezing for a couple days then you will need to do something.
 

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Geeze. ya at that temp definitely. If nothing else drain the engine cooling system and all water tanks/lines or run some antifreeze through them..
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I am weighing the options. I don't have much time today, but of course I'll regret putting it off if something breaks... maybe I'll run by the yard and pump a little vodka into the systems and then return to do a more thourough job this weekend.
dave
I used to do the vodka thing. Being a sailor and all (read cheep). I thought I could pump out the vodka come spring (read waste not want not) and have a hell of a good party. What I found is the Olives don't get past the freshwater pump!
 

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I used to do the vodka thing. Being a sailor and all (read cheep). I thought I could pump out the vodka come spring (read waste not want not) and have a hell of a good party. What I found is the Olives don't get past the freshwater pump!

Aww You just need a bigger pump :D
 

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Yea, it got cold here fast. The engine (fresh water cooled) has antifreeze in it, and I ran antifreeze through the raw water line, heat exchanger and muffler well before it got down to freezing temps. I didn't change the oil yet, so I'm going to have to run the engine again with a bucket and water hose, and then re-do the antifreeze, but that shouldn't be a problem.

The cheapest vodka I could find was about $15 -$20 for 1.75 liters so I used antifreeze. How much should one expect to pay for 'cheap vodka'? I must have been looking in the wrong places.
 

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The cheapest vodka I could find was about $15 -$20 for 1.75 liters so I used antifreeze. How much should one expect to pay for 'cheap vodka'? I must have been looking in the wrong places.
Just have a wino pee in the tank :laugher:
 

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Yea, it got cold here fast. The engine (fresh water cooled) has antifreeze in it, and I ran antifreeze through the raw water line, heat exchanger and muffler well before it got down to freezing temps. I didn't change the oil yet, so I'm going to have to run the engine again with a bucket and water hose, and then re-do the antifreeze, but that shouldn't be a problem.

The cheapest vodka I could find was about $15 -$20 for 1.75 liters so I used antifreeze. How much should one expect to pay for 'cheap vodka'? I must have been looking in the wrong places.
I pay 6 bucks a half gallon.
 

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Just get yourself hooked up with the "good 'ole boys" and score yourself some moonshine. Drop a couple cap fulls in the tank and you're good to go :D
 

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My Boat's still in the water...(50 or so deg water temp)...

I winterized the fresh water system on the boat... but I didn't really do anything to the engine.

The weather has been dipping below freezing...
Westerbeke 27 diesel.

Hmmmm Think I'll panic a little bit.. It'll make me feel better.
 

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Here we've been getting highs of 35 and lows of 25 to 30. I left a water bottle in the galley about 1/3 full. It has not frozen yet at all. A catch bucket of water on deck froze up pretty good but it seems to be staying warmer down below. Another spot with a thin bit of water did freeze down below.
Just some observations
 
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