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Old 09-28-2005, 02:53 PM
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To pink or not to pink

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!
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Old 09-28-2005, 03:27 PM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 09-28-2005, 04:51 PM
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That may be true, but I don't think it's nearly as toxic...... even the dogs die off after drinkin the green stuff!
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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."
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:36 PM
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They don't have the budget to be on the lake anyway. Not to mention my pipes are underwater.
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Alrighty then. Let's pour jugs of the stuff into the lake and see what happens.
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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) . I'm told it's different from MC's design.
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Old 09-29-2005, 04:44 PM
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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.
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