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Old 03-19-2013, 01:02 PM
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Quick help, LATE OFF SEASON WINTERIZING

Quick help....I just bought my Mastercraft from a dealer that kept the boat in a heated facility therefor they did not fully winterize it (i.e. no antifreeze through coolant system. Here in VA we only have a couple weeks of cold weather left. However over the next few nights it is supposed to get down into the mid to upper 20's. I would have to leave work early today in order to get it done...but should I go ahead and drain the block and run antifreeze through the boat just in case?? Or would I be fine....
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:05 PM
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Id def do it!!!!!! check winterization forum for process
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:05 PM
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I would pull all the plugs and hoses to get the water out and perhaps put a heater or trouble light under the engine cover. I don't think you need to go the antifreeze route if your temps are only going down to the mid to upper 20's. What are the high temps you are looking at?
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:09 PM
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It's in the 50's today
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:11 PM
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I'd at least drain the block and disconnect the hoses. Look for the heater hoses/shower hoses too, if you have them.

You can at minimum place a lamp in the engine compartment to keep things warm or possibly a heater (just be careful not to light it on fire!).....
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:12 PM
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I wouldn't rush hoe to deal with this, but I would drain the water out. You could probably get away with just a heat source under the engine cover, but it is simple enough to drain it down. Definitely no need to use the antifreeze. Pay attention to get the water out of shower or heater is you have either.
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antifreeze really isn't that hard. Just pull the hose off the bottom of the RWP, clamp it around my clear hose section, stick that in a bucket of antifreeze and start the engine. I'm coming from a Moomba though and I'm not 100% sure where all the drain points are on this specific boat or what it takes to to it all. The Moomba had 2 plugs in the bottom of the block that the knock sensors hooked to for the main drains....is that about the same on this boat? (plus hoses)
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Can you also pull the kill switch and crank the engine a few times to clear any "extra" water too?!?
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Yeah I was thinking of a heat lamp but was worried about a fire too
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antifreeze really isn't that hard. Just pull the hose off the bottom of the RWP, clamp it around my clear hose section, stick that in a bucket of antifreeze and start the engine. I'm coming from a Moomba though and I'm not 100% sure where all the drain points are on this specific boat or what it takes to to it all. The Moomba had 2 plugs in the bottom of the block that the knock sensors hooked to for the main drains....is that about the same on this boat? (plus hoses)
I think you need to let the boat warm up to operating temp in order for the t-stat to open and allow circulation throughout the entire engine....
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