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sospira posted 11-07-2000 01:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for sospira   Send Email to sospira  
Any need, suggestions for winterizing holding tank and fresh water systems on 27FC. Thanks in advance
bigz posted 11-08-2000 05:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Hey Doc -- have your marina do it --- most cut a deal if your storing there and also will power wash the hull on pull out, unless you want to spend the time flushing anti-freeze though the lines with a do it yourself flushing kit (of course pump out the holding tank and drain the water tank) --- and don't forget the outboards make sure they are taken care of ---

If you don't have a full cover you might want to have her shrink warped (I would clean and wax hull and topsides before you wrap otherwise no need to --- you'll just have all that work to do in the Spring!)


sospira posted 11-10-2000 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for sospira  Send Email to sospira     
Thanks for reply. My questions must seem derived from novice( they are)but really are to find out how the pros do it so I don't sound idiotic when I talk to yard people. Thanks again
bigz posted 11-11-2000 06:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
I certainly didn't mean for the reply to suggest that you couldn't do it yourself, sorry if it came across that way -- just that it is much easier for the marina folks to handle this chore since you have water lines and head which need to be anti-freeze --- they already have the proper equipment to handle it quickly and efficiently ---and I now understand why you asked the question -- we all have to learn some where.

Your 27 Whaler manual outlines the procedures for winterizing under the General Maintenance section, and on the outboards (assuming you have them and not I/O's) JimH has a section here on taking care of them ---

The only thing to add to Jim's list is to remove the props and grease the shafts and then replace -- that way it is done and you don't have to worry about remembering to do it in the spring ---

I would also remove all electronic gear that can be done easily, all interior bedding and cushions (reduces the chance of mold), clean out the ice box,clean the sumps in cabin, yeah know general "house cleaning".

Then if at all possible have the hull and the topsides waxed and either use a cover of some type or have it shrink wrapped --- and if you think you might want to do a little work on the inside ask them to install a door in the shrink wrap ---

Hope this is of some help --- Tom

jimh posted 11-11-2000 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Here is a pointer to some excellent winterizing advice:


bigz posted 11-11-2000 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Great pointer site for engine winterizing Jim -- hey but you said about the same thing in yours --- chuckle ---

Will let my mechanic do it before they take her out --- then drain the lower units after set up on her stands ---
easier to do the heads in the water ---

Sospira has water lines and sumps to handle plus a fresh water tank and holding tank all of which are explained in the Whaler 27 manual on winterizing for each of the 3 versions.

sospira posted 11-13-2000 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for sospira  Send Email to sospira     
Thanks all

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