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stlawrence posted 09-02-2003 03:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for stlawrence   Send Email to stlawrence  
The sad day has come, and my Ventura 210 has to go in winter storage for the first time. What are some things I should make sure the marina guys know about Whalers? (I think I'm their only large Whaler.) For instance, I know there are specific rules about trailers, and I would assume those apply to storage - should it rest on the keel, on blocks, etc?

Thanks. See you on the water next Spring.


stlawrence posted 10-03-2003 08:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for stlawrence  Send Email to stlawrence     
No one has any info on this?
gimcrack225 posted 10-03-2003 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Its pretty basic
Winter storage should be covered by the owners manual or a standard guide like Chapmans.
If its like my 21' Walkaround - major weight supported along keel either by rollers as on trailer or several soft wood blocks - stabilized by bunks or blocks. Don't put blocks directly under any sharp edges or chines. I would leave it on the trailer if I had the choice. If you block it make sure its pitched aft so that any water will drain. Cover it to keep the snow and stray animals out. Consider any standing water that might freeze. Take the battery out. Open the drain plugs.

Wait for spring.

JohnJ80 posted 10-05-2003 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Flush motor well if used in salt water.

Fill your tanks with gas. Add gas stabilizer liberally (more is better than less). Do this whether you keep your tanks in or out of the boat. Definitely do it if you have permanently mounted tanks. Stabilized gas will be pretty much the same as fresh gas out of the pump when you start her up in the spring. Full tanks mean no water condensation (water in gas) plus less air to lose componets of gas to evaporation (less vanishing).

Fill oil tanks up (2 stroke VRO or DFI) - to get as much air out as possible. Change oil on 4 stroke.

Follow mfg recommendations on winterizing tempered with local knowledge.

Drain and refill lower unit with lube. I then will also drain this and refill again in the spring to make sure that if any condesation occurred it has been removed. If you don't refill (some don't) then tie a tag on the sterring wheel and trailer tongue - you don't want to be going out without lube in the lower unit.

clean and remove any waterline stains.

Open covered area in stern to observe blind bolt heads. Make sure no water is trapped.

Cover the boat.

Remove any electronics that you can. Temp cycling can be tough on solder joints. If your temp doesn't change to much, don't sweat it. (I live here in Minnesota - lots of serious swings in temp).

Remove batteries. Charge fully and then at least monthly from then on over the winter. Keep them above freezing if you can. Make sure you have a good trickle capable charger. Check water monthly.


stlawrence posted 11-04-2003 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for stlawrence  Send Email to stlawrence     
I just happened to think about the raw water washdown. Does that require any winterizing? Since we are in the St Lawrence, where the temps can get down to 30 to 40 below zero, any amount of water will burst pipes/tubes.

I guess the question is, does the raw water washdown pump self-drain, or is there something extra which should be done?

Would it be worth a query to Boston Whaler on this? Anyone have a POC there for such a question?


BW23 posted 11-05-2003 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
You must winterize your wash down pumps.
On my raw water washdown, I simply get a 1 gal. bottle of pink RV antifreeze, attach a screw on type re-ducer to the bottle, turn on the pump and squeeze the bottle to push the pink stuff into the fitting on the underside of the hull.
Once the pink stuff comes out the outlet...your done.

I also added 2 gallons of pink AF to my fresh water system, ran the pump and that is done.

BTW, the pink AF will become slushy below freezing but won't freeze solid and do damage.

Treypescatorie posted 11-05-2003 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
I have heard that you can use vodka(diluted) in the fresh water tank. Has anyone ever tried this? Could the alcohol damage anything?
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 11-05-2003 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    

Don't forget not to leave water in the raw water filter on your wash down. I changed that crappy little shurflow filter to a bowl type, easier to clean.

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