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Old 08-27-2005, 01:38 PM
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Winterizing - "pickling" vs conventional block drainage..

Speaking with my dealer today about winterizing. He tells me that for the last couple of years, their winterization process has been "pickling", where they don't drain anything, only run some environmentally-safe anti-freeze through the engine, good to -100F. De-winterization then is just hooking up the battery and take it to the lake. Hmm..I don't know about that. OTOH, they do well over 1000 boats per year here in Minnesota with no problem.

Opinions? The simplicity is attractive, but not at the cost of a cracked block. Any of you guys ever winterize your boat that way? I've not heard of this being done on a dealer-policy level.


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Old 08-27-2005, 01:44 PM
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What is this "winterizing" that so many speak of?






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Speaking with my dealer today about winterizing. He tells me that for the last couple of years, their winterization process has been "pickling", where they don't drain anything, only run some environmentally-safe anti-freeze through the engine, good to -100F. De-winterization then is just hooking up the battery and take it to the lake. Hmm..I don't know about that. OTOH, they do well over 1000 boats per year here in Minnesota with no problem.

Opinions? The simplicity is attractive, but not at the cost of a cracked block. Any of you guys ever winterize your boat that way? I've not heard of this being done on a dealer-policy level.


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Old 08-27-2005, 01:48 PM
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Old 08-27-2005, 01:57 PM
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Old 08-27-2005, 02:28 PM
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I did both last year, ran 6 gallons of RV antifreeze through and then still drained everything. Seems most of the shops here use the RV antifreeze.


I also used about 40 gallons for my pool last fall, so can attest it is safe and you don't end up with a pink pool!

PS, these winterization threads are having an impact to my mental health....


RIC: May the golden bird of winterization fly over your boat!
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:10 PM
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Lets kill this thread until at least mid October.

Too many good sking days left to worry about winterizing yet.
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:10 PM
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PS, these winterization threads are having an impact to my mental health....
Yeah...sorry about that. This is Minnesota, dontcha know, and the leaves are already starting to turn. The whole "end of summer" thing entails a routine that has to be orchestrated like a ballet, especially if you live on a lake - boat out, winterized, put it in the pole barn, but only after the lawn furniture is in there, but the lawn furniture can only go in there after the snowmobiles are out, so they go in the other garage, but the motorcycles have to be winterized first. Add a second boat and the water toys that have to go in the pole barn - well, it all takes a lot of planning. I know from experience that taking a boat lift and dock out in a snowstorm (Halloween night 1991) ain't no fun...
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:31 PM
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Lets kill this thread until at least mid October.

Too many good sking days left to worry about winterizing yet.

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Ya getting out??

Looks like Fall is screaming our way!

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Old 08-27-2005, 04:15 PM
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I did both last year, ran 6 gallons of RV antifreeze through and then still drained everything. Seems most of the shops here use the RV antifreeze.
How did you suck the antifreeze into the engine? Would it work to use a "fake-a-lake" and drop the end of the hose from it into a bucket of the stuff?
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