Knocking on the door to October...can't deny winterizing much longer

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Stee6043, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Yesterday was a classic day for fall oil changes. Stiff breeze, 55 degrees, constant drizzle. It really sets the mood for some year-end maintenance.

    I'm all set with oil changes now after an obligatory (unplanned) trip to West Marine to replace my "super cheap" oil exchange pump with a better unit. With oil changes out of the way I'm really just a good wash uptop, gas fill and pumpout away from being ready to store.

    The forecast is making me want to call it quits this coming weekend. I've never been pulled out this early though...decisions, decisions.
     
  2. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Active Member

    263
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    I hear ya, the weather put me in the mind set that the season is going to be over in a blink of an eye.
    I got the dink pulled out this past weekend. Upcoming weekend will be tarping up some patio furniture and the following weekend (Oct 12th), we head over to our winter storage place.
     
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  3. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    338
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    Resist the dark side!
     
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  4. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Tuff'n up ….this is no time to call it quits.
     
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  5. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    338
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    In full disclosure, I put the runabout and sea doos into storage yesterday.

    We're holding out on the Sea Ray until the last possible moment.
     
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  6. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    877
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    What do you mean it was beautiful yesterday on Lake St. Clair. :D:D:D 729.jpeg I feel it coming also:(:(. All scheduled for 14th haulout.
     
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  7. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Yeah...that picture is about right! A pretty miserable day. Although it was nice and warm standing between two blocks if iron heated to a toasty 170.

    I'm still torn on this weekend. It surely feels like quitting. Although there are boats pulled and setup in our parking lot fully shrink wrapped already. So I'm far from the first one in!
     
  8. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    338
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    We got an email from our marina on Saturday to let us know we could stay in an extra 2 weeks to Nov 15th (for an extra $500). My wife and I were seriously considering it.

    If it was more reasonably priced I would jump on it.
     
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  9. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    2019-09-29 18.06.07.jpg

    Hush. Record high temps in Tennessee the last few days with heat index over 100 deg F.

    Boat on down. :D
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
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  10. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    Our new insurance policy says we have to have the boat hauled by Nov 1. The Admiral already wants to see if we can get that extended a week or two to make the season longer.
     
  11. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '07 V358
    T- VP 5.7GXi
    This past Saturday on the southern end of Lake Michigan. I'm out on the 15th.
     

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  12. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    firecadet, that is one very nice photo. Thanks for sharing it.

    I'm blowing out my lines today, washing the boat tomorrow, putting up the isinglass Wednesday. That will do it for the winterization and we likely won't use the boat until the first weekend in December when the Lighted Boat Parade happens.
     
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  13. jsed

    jsed Member

    172
    Feb 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    2002 360 Sundancer
    Zodiac 310 RIB, 15hp Johnson
    Twin 8.1S
    October 15th is it for me. Zodiac was pulled this past Saturday. Oil changed a couple of weekends ago. We have a day like yesterday (Sunday) here in West Mich., and I'm ready to pull. But today it's 80! Hard decisions, but we know the cold weather is coming.......
     
  14. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    710
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Took advantage of a calm day to change oil/filters, drain water etc. Told the crew to pull the boat - we're done for the year. It was a very short season for us. FYI it's supposed to be 57* here on Friday so probably a good decision.
     
  15. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    991
    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    Changed the oil in the Cats last weekend. Not pulling out until 10/29. Insurance says out by noon on 10/31.
     
  16. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    991
    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    Most of C dock is gone. Joe, Nir and others were packing up on Sunday.
     
  17. cstinehour

    cstinehour Member

    44
    Dec 16, 2017
    2008 350 Sundancer, Raymarine C120
    T-VD 8.1 S Horizon DTS MPI MIE (T-370 hp - 276 kW)
    We pulled out last Friday morning at Bay Harbor, Bay City, MI. Beautiful morning. Wish we had FL weather to boat all year! IMG_1572[12269].JPG
     
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  18. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Crazy talk! Been a wild ride in NC - one of the hottest Sept on record - a long stretch of days in the 90's. We are in the 90's all week this week. I don't winterize until Thanksgiving - and only then because the marina shuts down weekend operations on Dec 1 - Mar 1. Still plenty of decent days during our relatively mild NC winters.
     
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  19. gasketguy

    gasketguy Active Member

    161
    Nov 11, 2015
    Harrison Township Michigan
    330 1996 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4
    Been hauled since first week of September only due to needing fiberglass work done and complete new canvas and I'm already going stir crazy usually last week of October I run till but on the other side I will now be ready for early early April!!
     
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  20. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    480
    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    Whaaat they're jerks , unbelievable they charge extra.. I cant believe it do they discount t if they dont get you in in the first of may or just tell you sorry we're really swamped.
     

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