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Old 09-07-2004, 09:10 PM
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Winter Boat Use

I have recently bought a lake cabin that is only accessible by boat and don't want to winterize my boat with no access to the cabin for months on end. I have an '85 Stars & Stripes and wondered if anyone had experience with preserving the boat, in and out of the water, un-winterized, without resorting to using climate controlled storage. This is my first inboard, so my experience is limited with this sort of thing. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:40 PM
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You may not want to winterize it, but if you don't, you'll need to replace the motor in spring if it freezes. You didn't say where you are, but it sounds like it's near "The Frozen Tundra". If you have a place where it's absolutely impossible for the water in the motor to freeze, you can store it there. If not, winterize it and if you need to use it, reverse the process and re-winterize when you're done. If you use a checklist and are mechanically inclined, you shouldn't have any problem doing this. It just needs to be done correctly.
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Old 09-07-2004, 11:02 PM
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I have recently bought a lake cabin that is only accessible by boat and don't want to winterize my boat with no access to the cabin for months on end. I have an '85 Stars & Stripes and wondered if anyone had experience with preserving the boat, in and out of the water, un-winterized, without resorting to using climate controlled storage. This is my first inboard, so my experience is limited with this sort of thing. Any suggestions?

YOBO, lot's of older MC's on here, post pics, we'd love to see 'em.
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Old 09-08-2004, 08:46 AM
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you may want to look into a "closed cooling" system. Such systems were designed for salt-water use. At least with one of these, the "winterization" process will be significantly shorter as all you'll have to do is drain the heat transfer chamber (think radiator with lake water on one side instead of air & anti-freeze on the other)

I have seen such a setup on 2 boats in my life... both I/O's. But - I'm pretty sure you can get a conversion kit to do it yourself.
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Old 09-08-2004, 09:20 AM
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On my lake (in the northern cold of Canada) the cottagers on the islands that I know use an outboard for early and late season access. The ones that have inboards generally only use them in the warmer times.

Outboards are self draining.
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Old 09-08-2004, 09:24 AM
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It really doesn't take a lot of time to winterize a boat. It takes more time to get it up to temperature than to do the rest of the procedures. It's just a matter of being efficient. If the boat will be run long enough to warm up completely before being put on the trailer when it is taken out of the water, assuming the gas was stabilized before setting out, the last thing to do before shutting it off is fogging. Then the plugs can be removed and the hoses and impeller removed. While it's being trailered, the water drains out and battery cables disconnected. This should take about 15 minutes after it goes onto the trailer. This doesn't sound like a big inconvenience to me and you don't need to mess around with adding the parts or expense of a closed cooling system.
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Old 09-08-2004, 09:25 AM
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I would winterize the MC and get a johnboat or small pontoon with a 10 hp outboard to get to the cabin!
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Old 09-08-2004, 09:59 AM
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I agree with Andre, Keep the MC SAFE.. Now how about those photos??

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Old 09-08-2004, 10:59 AM
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Old 09-08-2004, 11:24 AM
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