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How late can you winterize in MA?

Old 11-04-2019, 09:13 AM
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Default How late can you winterize in MA?

Well, I am asking the THT braintrust again as my personal network seems to be failing. Due to my knee injury, I hauled my boat early, and a friend of my friend (the one with brain cancer) had offered to winterize it for me. As my luck would have it, it seems as though this random dude is going to drop the ball. And with the temps dropping just below freezing this week (overnight) I am worried about damage.

Is a night or two around 30 degrees going to spell doom and gloom?

And, anyone know of a good mobile mechanic (or buddy who wants work) that can do this on short notice. Normally I would do it myself, but it's hard for me to stand up long enough to make coffee or a meal right now, much less winterize. Sorry, I thought I had things all planned out.

I'll start calling the mobile mechanics I know, but any other recommendations would be appreciated.

My road trip to CVS last week (for more pain meds). Frozen peas are da bomb. At least I am cleared to start outpatient PT today
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:29 AM
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Cant really help with the mobile recommendation but until we have a hard freeze for over 24hrs there is nothing really to worry about. Worse case if you cant find anyone and get worried you can have someone toss a old school drop light with a incandescent bulb (no led) under the engine and that will help keep any freezing at bay.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:57 AM
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If really concerned, as mention, a work light can heat up an engine space quite well. Most engine bays have sound/insulation installed. You could further help retain heat by plugging any vents with tape.

Even opening up the engine hatch and exposing the engine to sunlight for a good portion of the day would help.

If all else fails put those slippers on the engine.....
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:01 PM
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It's supposed to dip to 27*F , & below freezing for perhaps around 10 hrs or so. I wouldn't want to take the chance for an I/O or I/B boat on a trailer, as "probably fine for a short freeze " would worry me. .

If O/B , just have someone tilt the engine down to drain .

If I/O or I/B, is it RWC or FWC? - Maybe have someone to put in a dipstick heater or lay heating pad on it and confirm it works to buy you some time late Fri and early Sat.? Do you have a FW tank and plumbing system onboard? The hoses & fittings would be a bigger concern than the tank if it wasn't emptied and no-tox A/F run through all parts of the system.
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:07 PM
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I'd try asking the marina where you kept your boat for recommendations and maybe the shop you had work done at? Hopefully someone who's local to you might have some names that they can share.
I know that the shop that moves our boat does maintenance, but I don't know if they're mobile or just at their shop. You could try calling them Scalisi Marine - Boat Transport and Parts | Weymouth MA
or https://www.monahansmarine.com/ in Weymouth.
I know several people who use mechanics from Tern Habor during the season. And Bill's Outboard or 3A Marine, both in Hingham.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:12 PM
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whats the engine? I/O? Straight inboard? FWC? Just need antifreeze in it or full oil and gear change? I wouldn't worry yet...but the clock is ticking
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Old 11-05-2019, 04:20 AM
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I'm pulling mine next week to have Danversport winterize it. 225 Yamaha outboard. I would be more concerned with an I/O or inboard. Not to worried about an outboard though. BTW I was out Saturday. BEST DAY EVAH! Flat seas, no one around, cool temps. Didn't even fish, just cruised. I was a little surprised by the number of boats still in the water at D/Port. Parking lot is full though.
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OP, What kind of boat do you have and what systems have water that will freeze? Outboard or inboard motor?
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Need more info as requested....after a 3 day consistent freeze below 20° is when I'd get concerned
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:01 AM
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Just a point for clarification, "winterize in MA".

I see you are in Boston but MA has some extremes. North Adams, MA is WAY different in temps than, say, the Cape.

Good luck getting it done. You'll get some good advice on here.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:06 AM
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Sorry, all. I'm in Metro Boston. It's a Volvo 740DP I/O. I have a full freshwater system (head, sink, transom shower) which has not been winterized either, and I'm almost more concerned about those than the engine. Sounds like I gotta start making calls, quickly.

Good call about asking the marina about any mechanics. I don't know why I didn't ask them to winterize when it was hauled. I know it was because of the offer of my friend, but in retrospect, I should have had a professional do it. Argh.

FACK....just heard back, friend of friend only does outboards. Anyone wants to make some bucks, let me know, happy to pay top dollar. Argh.

Also, seeing if Stoneham can fit me in. Now I would just need a haul from 128 over the Saugus. *Sigh*

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Old 11-05-2019, 11:47 AM
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Where is the boat located?
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I don’t think it’s a problem, unless we had a longer freeze. But open all seacocks anyway. My marina doesn’t finish everybody off until November anyway. Many boats still in the water in Boston.
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Bow up drain out the portable and non portable water...have .marina handle the anti freeze in engine if your not inclined
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in the future, i'd leave boat in the water versus ashore if you think there might be a slight delay winterizing. the water temps stay warmer than air and you can run HVAC on heat mode while its in the water. i have a pali bilge heater for sale that i used for a week last year if you are interested let me know (pm me).

last year there was some cold temps this time in november. several people had issues with their outdoor plumbing/transom showers etc but their boats were still in the water. id be concerned with a boat ashore and would probably pay someone to go winterize it asap.
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I’m still in the water with plans to be pulled next week. I winterized the fresh water system last weekend, but I/O is not. Mechanic said will be fine. If you have an outboard I’d consider leaving the leg in the water, but based on forecast should be limited window of actual freezing temps.
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I live in Maine and they are calling for a plowable amount of snow on Friday. Mine is still in the water and unless the temp in going to go below freezing and hold there for a couple of days im not worried about it. As a plumber I still have camps and homes to winterize. You will be fine. Day time temps are warm enough right now.
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:44 AM
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I sympathize with how frustrating this must be with you. First to get hurt and have to pull the boat and then to be stuck and be unable to winterize it yourself like you want to. We pulled ours on Halloween and DH shot a doe on Saturday, so Sunday would have been a great day to get boat stuff done, but he was processing the deer. I did what I could, but, we've got to get our butts in gear to get things winterized and then figure out what we're doing about wrapping.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:21 AM
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They are forecasting a low temperature of 22*F on Friday... I definitely wouldn't want to take a chance with that. Time to make lots and lots of phone calls!

Where is the boat actually located? "Greater Boston" is still a fairly large area...
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