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Old 10-25-2017, 11:04 AM
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Winterizing a 1989 tristar 190

Hi guys, I have a 1989 tristar 190 with a ford indmar 351 in it. I was looking for some tips on how to winterize this boat. I have winterized my jet ski many times, but never an indmar 351. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Old 10-25-2017, 01:23 PM
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Simple way is to rig a 5 gallon pail or other suitable container to the trans cooler intake and suck the RV antifreeze in that way. Name:  2015-03-15 17.01.54.jpg
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:42 AM
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Check out the winterization section. Here is a write up from one of our members (Mike) where many of his principles apply to no matter what boat you have:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=64272

What you absolutely must do?

Drain your engine or put antifreeze in it, I recommend the latter for corrosion protection.

Highly recommended?

At least change the oil

Everything else can wait if you don't have time.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:06 AM
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Simple way is to rig a 5 gallon pail or other suitable container to the trans cooler intake and suck the RV antifreeze in that way.
I suck my pink stuff in right at the raw water inlet to the water pump by the impeller. Curious why you use the trans cooler intake
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:55 AM
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I suck my pink stuff in right at the raw water inlet to the water pump by the impeller. Curious why you use the trans cooler intake
Easy connection point for my boat.
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:11 AM
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got it.. I didn't notice your boat type...I used to have a 77 S&S for 34 years I never used the bucket method till on got on TT. I used to drain the cooler , remove the thermostat and fill from there.
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:04 PM
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got it.. I didn't notice your boat type...I used to have a 77 S&S for 34 years I never used the bucket method till on got on TT. I used to drain the cooler , remove the thermostat and fill from there.


Mine is a '77. I first used a 5 gallon pail but switched to the tub for plenty water supply when I occasionally diagnose a problem carb, or test run a freshly rebuilt carb before shipping.


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Old 10-26-2017, 07:50 PM
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Thanks everyone for the info! Very helpful. One more question... is there anyway to run a ski boat like my 89 tristar out of the water. Obviously you can’t put muffs on it, so how would I go about doing that? Thanks again
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:33 PM
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as long as the bucket has water you can run the engine all you want. If you put it into gear you have to keep the rudder cutlass bearing wet. It will suck a lot of water a hose barely keeps up at 2000 rpm or so
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Old 10-27-2017, 01:34 AM
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something i tried last year that I am considering making it a part of my winterization is when i pull the boat open all the plugs and pull the thermostat. that way on the way home almost all the water is out and then i put the housing back together and never have to let the boat heat up i can just suck the pink stuff in and all is good. a buddy has a laser cutter so i make my own gaskets and napa has the thermostats cheap.
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