Who's getting ready to "put it up"?

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by ridepate, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Well I guess this weekends our last. When the temps start hitting the 40ish range ,it's time to winterize and pack it in, for us anyway. Man I hate to see it comming. :smt089 Time to go get the oil and the filters.........
    Jimbo
     

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  2. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Jimbo,

    Say it ain't true. :smt089 I plan to keep mine in the water all year this time. We still get a couple nice days in the winter up here. (I hope)
     
  3. BrentJones

    BrentJones Member

    405
    Oct 4, 2006
    Fenton/Lake Ozark, MO
    2005 240 Sundeck
    6.2L
    We'll try to hold off until early November. Unfortunately I haven't been down since Labor Day, :smt009 and it isn't looking to good for the next weekend. Hopefully weather holds up for atleast one more trip.
     
  4. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    leaving in a few minutes for last boating day of the season ( Brookville Lake - Ind. ) 75 & sunny today.....will winterize this week....going to pull and inspect my risers...hope it goes well.. .....Dave.
     
  5. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    No way ... we'll boat thru December, even if it's a little cold ...
     
  6. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

    230
    Oct 5, 2006
    midwest
    200 br
    5.0L MPI, Bravo 3
    Were waiting for the fall colors tour, this weekend or next. Hope the weather cooperates as well. Usually lay-up early early November.
     
  7. JPSchmitty

    JPSchmitty New Member

    9
    Oct 4, 2006
    Today was the sad day for me. :smt089 Just dropped the boat off at the service shop about an hour ago.

    Here in central Iowa, they are calling for a hard frost and possibly some overnight snow by the end of this week. Not exactly something to look forward too........

    I truely envy those of you that live in the warmer parts of the country. I would love to be able to boat year-round.

    Schmitty
     
  8. Nehalennia II

    Nehalennia II New Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Marysville, WA
    sold '99 230OV
    5.7 EFI w/Alpha one
    Snow? really.......I hope to keep her ready on the trailer and full of Anti freeze but ready for a few winter trips this year. We have heat and full canvas which really is nice. We do get a few cold snaps 20s and extreme is teens but I am looking forward to a few trips out this fall/winter
     

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  9. brandnewtoboating

    brandnewtoboating New Member

    I was starting to think of winterizing too, but after looking at Chucks site, I'm going with the full canvas and heater to extend the season as much as possible.

    Alex-Can you go out on SML into Dec?
     
  10. midway

    midway Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Midway, Ga
    04 SeaRay 185Sport, Smart Tabs, Mageln Meridian Gold GPS, Hbird Matrix 87 dept/ff/gps/cp, Uniden vhf
    4.3L 190HP, Alpha 1 1.81 ratio, 14 1/4X21 Turning Point Prop
    Put it up, no way, I will boat all the way through winter, 50 to 60 degree days, put on canvas and go. It is grrrrrrreeeaaaat livin in the South. :grin:
     
  11. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    I'd like to be able to boat throughout the winter too, and nice warmer sunny days. But there are many below-freezing days during that period.
    How do you guys go about keeping the block from freezing? Do you just drain it, or use anti-freeze? If anti-freeze, do you buy new anti-freeze each time you come back from a day out?

    I was planning to use anti-freeze, since I'm afraid I'll have a hard time removing all the plugs, hoses etc. to drain completely. I bought this 11 year old boat this summer, now knowing what has been done to it in the past. The cost of anti-freeze could add up...
     
  12. Well I am in the south too but I've got a winter lake-house, re-mod project going and dont want to have to worry about the temps and the boat, maybe next year when we've got a lift and the house is finished, I'll do some cold-weather boating too. I winterized yesterday and put her in the garage.......how many days till spring...???Yeah its a tight fit....
    Jimbo
     

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  13. oh yeah heres what I got done at the lake this weekend- Laundry-room framed-up and semi-plumbed.
     

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  14. SearayPaul

    SearayPaul Member

    875
    Oct 11, 2006
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    34 Downeaster
    Cummins 5.9 480hp
    Gunn

    I think you have a 175. If you have a 3 liter in your boat winterization is easy? If so fog the carb and pull the drain plug in the exhaust manifold and the block. The little plugs are brass and take a 7/16 inch SIX point socket not a 12 point. Sooner or later the heads wear off. If the two plugs show wear replace them they are cheap. You do not want the heads worn off as they can be hard to remove. When you put them back in this spring snug them up. You do not have to stand on them when tighting them Ask me how I know.

    Change the outdrive oil and motor oil also if it is time or you plan not to run the boat all winter. Lower the drive and your done.

    Have a great day

    Paul
     
  15. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Have you thought about a bilge heater? I had them add one when I had the shore power added to my 240SD.
     
  16. SearayPaul

    SearayPaul Member

    875
    Oct 11, 2006
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    34 Downeaster
    Cummins 5.9 480hp
    Chuck

    I have thought about that also as opposed to winterizing. What kind of bilge heater did you use and do you have a picture? I do not remember seeing the bilge heater in your pictures.

    Do you drain the block or just run the bilge heater all winter? I did the winterization myself on the old boat but this is the first year with this boat. I will pay someone this year but would rather heat the bilge as opposed to being out of the water until April.

    Thanks

    Paul
     
  17. xravenx

    xravenx Member

    858
    Oct 5, 2006
    Baltimore, Md.
    370 Sundancer 1995
    8.1s (2013) w/ V drives
    I'm doing the 210BR this weekend................after one last spin (I hope)

    Sea Ray Paul, that is a nice looking ride you got there!

    Have a nice day

    John

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  18. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Here is the bilge heater and the dual charger I've got in the 240. I don't winterize the engine, just the fresh water system. Bilge heater works great and get to have the lake all to ourself on the nice winter days. Well maybe some diehard fisherman may be out. :lol:
     

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  19. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    I think it is the Exxtreme Bilge heater. Will have to look at it again to make sure what size. I'm thinking it is the 1500 0r 2500.
     
  20. SearayPaul

    SearayPaul Member

    875
    Oct 11, 2006
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    34 Downeaster
    Cummins 5.9 480hp
    Chuck would you be concerned if the power went out that your block would freeze and then crack? Your weather is very similar to ours in SC so I wonder what your feelings are. We usually do not loose our power in the winter but on occasion we have had outages that lasted a five or six hours.

    What would plan B be in the event of a power loss or a heater failure? That is my only concern at this point and is what is holding me back from installing the bilge heater.

    John thanks for the remarks about the 240. I like the lines on your 210 also.

    Thanks Paul
     

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