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This is a list of things that must be done to make the boat ready for winter:

  • get *all* water out of the bilges and underfloor areas
  • open all thru-hulls
  • remove spinnaker blocks from aft mounts and stow them somewhere on board
  • drain freshwater system. then pour 6 gallons of poly antifreeze (pink stuff) into the freshwater tank. then open hot water faucet at galley until antifreeze comes out. then open hot water faucet at head until antifreeze comes out. then do the same with cold faucets.
  • pour pink antifreeze in toilet, pump through to holding tank until you can see about 1/2" of pink in the bottom of the holding tank. should be about 1 gallon for this.
  • winterize the engine. with the boat in the water, run the engine. close the seawater thru-hull. open the cap to the seawater strainer. pour in antifreeze until it starts coming out the exhaust. then shut down the engine. should be about 3-4 gallons of antifreeze for this.
  • be sure cushions are stowed properly at pavilion - hang from ceiling, minimize crushing/kinking/folding.
  • pfds can stay on the boat.
  • sails should be hung from ceiling at pavilion to avoid rodent infestation
  • remove steering wheel and stow/tiedown on the bow
  • be sure tools are not waterlogged or grease covered
  • medical kit should be removed to some place that will be above freezing over the winter, to avoid damage to medications.
  • be ready for haulout:
    • ensure that all pins are placed into a plastic cup/bin
    • have wiring disconnected and tied/taped to avoid fouling