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TripleThreat
10-28-2013, 06:03 PM
I broke down and decided that I needed to winterize our ProStar 209 on Friday evening since we saw our first snowflakes last Wednesday.

I chose to do the wet winterization method by sucking -50 RV Antifreeze into the block.

I began by building a water source bucket. I chose to buy a 10 gallon rubbermaid box and install some plumbing fixtures that would connect directly to an 1 1/4" heater hose. I sealed the fittings in the side of the box with some Seal-All and then bought 3' of heater hose at Napa. I only ended up using about 20" of it. A couple of stainless hose clamps and that was it.

Here are a couple of pictures:

http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr156/TripleThreat719/IMG_1015_zps9f939019.jpg (http://s479.photobucket.com/user/TripleThreat719/media/IMG_1015_zps9f939019.jpg.html)

http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr156/TripleThreat719/IMG_1013_zps6e21b943.jpg (http://s479.photobucket.com/user/TripleThreat719/media/IMG_1013_zps6e21b943.jpg.html)

http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr156/TripleThreat719/IMG_1017_zps93785e39.jpg (http://s479.photobucket.com/user/TripleThreat719/media/IMG_1017_zps93785e39.jpg.html)


I filled up the bucket with water and kept the hose running and then started up the engine.
I let the engine idle until the boat was up to operating temperature, making sure that the bucket stayed full.
Once the engine was up to 160 degrees, I shut it off and drained the oil.
I changed the oil filter and put in fresh engine oil.
Then, I filled the bucket back up with water and brought the engine back up to 160 degrees.
I then emptied out the bucket and filled it with 5 gallons of RV antifreeze and sucked that into the block. I made sure that I had pink liquid flowing out the exhaust flaps and then sprayed fogging oil into the throttle body and killed the engine.
I will change plugs and the impeller in the spring when I get it ready for the season.
I didn't think there was any sense in letting a new impeller sit in the housing all winter and deform the vanes that are up against the narrow side.


It was sad to put her away, but we had a ton of fun this summer and fall and can't wait until spring!

mikeg205
10-28-2013, 06:09 PM
Looks like the buckets are getting improved... :) like that one... XL size. :)

It is a sad day when you winterize... but you'll have time to clean that carpet.. just sayin... ;)

TripleThreat
10-28-2013, 09:31 PM
yep - carpet will be cleaned in the spring... Was like that when we bought it, so I'll probably steam clean it in the spring. It's the original carpet, so not terrible for 12 years old...

thatsmrmastercraft
10-28-2013, 09:36 PM
Nicely done TripleThreat :toast:

Aric'sX15
10-28-2013, 10:17 PM
post up some pics of that interior!!!

Tristarboarder
10-29-2013, 12:53 AM
Great pics! Very helpful with pictures to follow along, much appreciated.

CantRepeat
10-29-2013, 06:28 AM
If you pull the impeller now, and not let it sit compressed for the winter, you can get a few years out of them.

bochnak
10-29-2013, 09:44 AM
Did you drain water from block prior to sucking up RV?

Nice boat BTW!

TripleThreat
10-29-2013, 01:42 PM
Nope, there is no need to drain the block prior to sucking up the RV Antifreeze. The whole point of doing the RV Antifreeze winterization method is to eliminate the need to drain the block.

TripleThreat
10-29-2013, 01:48 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/a3u7u9yn.jpg
Here's a shot of the interior... Yes that is Pizza!

Took the daughters out on the lake after school one night to ski and took pizza along for dinner...

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/e8ery2ys.jpg

Boat is dark green, so the darker interior is a nice compliment.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/8etedemu.jpg

There's some black carbon fiber look panels too. Those are my daughters and nieces, so be appropriate!

bochnak
10-30-2013, 09:29 AM
Nope, there is no need to drain the block prior to sucking up the RV Antifreeze. The whole point of doing the RV Antifreeze winterization method is to eliminate the need to drain the block.

I always drained since I was worried it would be a diluted mix. I guess if you run enough RV through it will be OK.

Where in the midwest are you located?

timvan
10-30-2013, 01:05 PM
It was sad to put her away, but we had a ton of fun this summer and fall and can't wait until spring!

It NEVER gets any easier!

TripleThreat
10-30-2013, 05:11 PM
Where in the midwest are you located?

Indiana

gwozhog
10-30-2013, 08:23 PM
Your interior is gorgeous. Man if feel for you having to put that baby up till warmer weather. I get depressed if i even miss one weekend of boating. I could not imagine going a whole fall and winter with no boating. Im still getting in the water here in Houston with out a wetsuit on. By the way what is this thing that you call snow?

thatsmrmastercraft
10-30-2013, 08:39 PM
Snow makes a good background for Christmas lights.

TripleThreat
10-30-2013, 10:19 PM
Snow makes a good background for Christmas lights.

Fortunately, she is tucked away nice and dry inside for the winter, so she will only hear about, not experience, snow!

fskof
11-09-2013, 12:28 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/a3u7u9yn.jpg
Here's a shot of the interior... Yes that is Pizza!

Took the daughters out on the lake after school one night to ski and took pizza along for dinner...

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/e8ery2ys.jpg

Boat is dark green, so the darker interior is a nice compliment.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/8etedemu.jpg

There's some black carbon fiber look panels too. Those are my daughters and nieces, so be appropriate!

What a great color for the int. I have never seen that color. Did you do that or was it from the factory?

TripleThreat
11-10-2013, 10:17 PM
What a great color for the int. I have never seen that color. Did you do that or was it from the factory?

Viper Customs did it. Previous owner had it done just before I bought it.