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Garyelrod posted 10-22-2001 01:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for Garyelrod   Send Email to Garyelrod  
I have a 1973 17 ft. Whaler with same year Merc 110 HP outboard. I live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and I have been told I don't need to winterize my boat here. Can anyone give me some information on what I need to do to prepare the boat for winter?
Thanks as always for the information. This forum has really helped me in my first year as a whaler owner.
Gary Elrod
DJS posted 10-22-2001 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     
The October 2001 issue of Boating Magazine has a very interesting article on this subject, entitled "The ABCs of winterizing". This is on page 171. I feel you will find something of interest.
JFM posted 10-22-2001 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Garyelrod, I don't think you need to winterize your boat if you can start it up every month or so. Regards, Jay. P.S. It doesn't snow or get below freezing there, does it?
paid4 posted 10-22-2001 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for paid4  Send Email to paid4     
If you're not gonna use it, I'd winterize it unless you leave it in the water with motor down, which I did one year at Lake Norman (covered slip of course) and it did fine... I live in Madison, NC.

Yes it does freeze here.

Aqcats posted 10-29-2001 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Aqcats  Send Email to Aqcats     
When running the engine for the last time, should the water hose be pulled at the same time that the gas line is to drain all the water out of the water pump? Will the water automatically drain with the motor in the vertical position? Living in NH, I don't want any water left behind to freeze. This is my first year of winterizing my Dad's boat and I want to make sure that it is done properly.
Flipper posted 10-29-2001 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
All I've ever done is change my lower
unit oil before the freeze, just in case
there's any water in the gearcase.
Cooling water just drains out normally,
and what minute remnants are left do not
pose the same danger as sealed water in the gearcase.

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