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mitch
09-28-2005, 02:53 PM
Doug, Thanks for posting the winterize checklist! I've winterized all my boats over the years. outboats, 2 MC's, runabouts and have never added the pink RV antifreeze. I've stored in serious cold weather too. Is it needed? Pro/con's? Thx!

east tx skier
09-28-2005, 03:27 PM
Mitch, I need to upgrade that a bit. The pink stuff reference was from a really old JimN post and may have related to the LT1. Is it the RV antifreeze? Propylene glycol is what I recall being preferred. So pink or green or what, I don't know and need to upgrade that list. Just remember, I'm no mechanic and before you put something in your engine, you should consult one.

At any rate, I store indoors in Texas and don't use antifreeze at all. Most of the boat dealers around here do it just to CYA. The last one that winterized my boat used green AF.

One thing I've heard about antifreeze apart from the obvious is that it helps prevent corrosion. Now I know I have some rust already, so I'm not worrying about it.

AirJunky
09-28-2005, 04:05 PM
I think the pink stuff is supposed to be EPA friendly so when everyone starts their boat in the lake come springtime, it doesn't kill everything in the lake.

east tx skier
09-28-2005, 04:27 PM
Then that would be the "propelene glycol." I still think conventional wisdom dictanes that you don't spew it into the lake, no matter how tasty it is. ;)

AirJunky
09-28-2005, 04:51 PM
That may be true, but I don't think it's nearly as toxic...... even the dogs die off after drinkin the green stuff!

east tx skier
09-28-2005, 05:05 PM
True, but even so, try to prove it to the water cops when they see you blow something other than water out of your pipes and into the lake. "But officer, it was the non-toxic type."

AirJunky
09-28-2005, 05:36 PM
They don't have the budget to be on the lake anyway. ;) Not to mention my pipes are underwater.

east tx skier
09-28-2005, 05:38 PM
Alrighty then. Let's pour jugs of the stuff into the lake and see what happens. ;)

mitch
09-29-2005, 10:34 AM
Mitch, I need to upgrade that a bit. The pink stuff reference was from a really old JimN post and may have related to the LT1. Is it the RV antifreeze? Propylene glycol is what I recall being preferred. So pink or green or what, I don't know and need to upgrade that list. Just remember, I'm no mechanic and before you put something in your engine, you should consult one.

At any rate, I store indoors in Texas and don't use antifreeze at all. Most of the boat dealers around here do it just to CYA. The last one that winterized my boat used green AF.

One thing I've heard about antifreeze apart from the obvious is that it helps prevent corrosion. Now I know I have some rust already, so I'm not worrying about it.

Doug, Was thinking, you prolly need a reference about draining ballast systems in the winterize doc. I assume there is an MC santioned method. I lost a ballast pump the 1st year, so I'm no expert, and a friend of mine (ex-Malibu employee) put my system in and the venting/draining/filling method is based on the MLS (Malibu Launch System) :eek: . I'm told it's different from MC's design.

east tx skier
09-29-2005, 04:44 PM
Since I don't have one, I don't know how to do it. Sort of like the showers though I guess. If you've got 'em, drain 'em.

Danimal
09-29-2005, 05:13 PM
I think the pink stuff is supposed to be EPA friendly so when everyone starts their boat in the lake come springtime, it doesn't kill everything in the lake.

I must be missing something. Why can't we just drain the block and exhaust mainfolds in the spring to get the anti freeze out just like draining for winterization? It sure beats the he11 out blowing it all in the water.

AirJunky
09-29-2005, 05:24 PM
Good point Danimal. And a responsible boat owner would do just that. The rest will blow it all in the lake.

Danimal
09-29-2005, 05:31 PM
Good point Danimal. And a responsible boat owner would do just that. The rest will blow it all in the lake.

I would flip out if I saw someone do that on my lake. I don't care how environmental friendly the stuff is... I would report someone in a heartbeat. People just don't use their heads... When I'm on the lake I stop and pick up littler all day long... plastic bags, beer and soda cans, etc. It drives me nutz. I have a bad habit of smoking and I don't even toss my butts in the water.

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