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Whalen posted 11-14-2003 05:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for Whalen  
I am still taking my 04 M170 90 2S out to fish in the Chesapeake bay. I clean the boat and trailer after every trip. I flush the motor and drain it well on a slope. I leave the filler/adapter on without the hose for a while to allow for air to enter while it drains for a while. My question is what problems may I encounter with the overnight temps dropping below freezing. I really do not want to have to give it a shot of antifreeze. Does anybody have any input? I am still catching tons of stripers!
I plan to keep fishing as long as I can stand it, and I have learned enough tricks to remain quite confortable in the boat all day despite the cold. I have taken some pretty rough rides due to tide and wind changes, and I do not think that the boat is very pleasent to drive into rough water. That being said, I never feel unsafe in the boat, although I caught my fishing buddy inspecting the bottom of the boat the other day. When I asked him what he was doing he sheepishly told me he could not believe that there was not multiple dents in the bottom after a pretty sudden sqaull. I just smiled and told him to relax,that it was a whaler, it can take it!
Tom2697 posted 11-14-2003 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
Will the boat fit in your garage? If not, you could probably get an automotive engine block heater to attach to it. This should keep it from freezing and allow you to keep fishing. Just don't forget to unplug it before you leave!
Dick posted 11-14-2003 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

If the motor is stored in the down position all water will drain out and there will be nothing left to freeze.


Knot at Work posted 11-14-2003 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Move to Florida! What the hell is winterize?

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