Refit:  Winter 2008-2009

Winter 2008-2009 Refit | Saturday, October 4, 2008

Technically, winterizing and unloading for the winter aren't part of the refit.  But I figured I'd just log all the work I did to the boat from the time she arrived here after the season, partly for my own interest (in terms of time spent), and partly because this site has been quiet for some time, and I thought you, dear reader, would enjoy something new to read.

Today, I spent an hour winterizing the engine and fresh water system--nothing new and exciting here.  As usual, I ran the engine for a time with fresh water in a bucket, then ran 2 gallons of pink RV antifreeze through the system before shutting down.  This is more antifreeze than it takes to begin seeing it through the exhaust outlet, but I like to ensure that there is plenty of antifreeze run through to displace all the water in the exhaust system.  On another day in the near future, I'd change the oil, oil filter, and fuel filters, but not today.

Afterwards, I disassembled the raw water pump to inspect the impeller.  I always leave the impeller out of the housing during the winter, to prevent it from having a memory of the vanes' position within the housing and therefore extend its useful life.  I removed the raw water strainer and emptied it, as usual.  The photo on the right below shows a season's worth of seaweed that was inside the basket--although I checked the basket frequently during the season, I never had to empty it.


I continued by winterizing the fresh water system and head--straightforward processes that barely deserve mention.  Last evening, I had opened the drain valve in the water tank line to allow whatever water remained to drain out, so winterizing was a simple matter of pouring a gallon of antifreeze into the tank and pumping it through the two faucets. Similarly, I ran a gallon of antifreeze through the head plumbing.

With the winterizing complete, I moved the boat into the shop and set her on blocks and stands.


Next, I began unloading cushions, sails, lines, and everything else to make room for the projects ahead and to properly clean, organize, and store these items for next season.  This took quite a bit of time, and I didn't finish today, but I brought large loads of laundry, clothes, and books up to the house.  The boat's comfortable when we're on board during the summers, but that makes for a terrible unloading chore each fall! 

Total time today:  4.25 hours

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