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wakemetoday 10-15-2007 10:55 AM

Lately, I read about leaving water in the motor during winter will cause rust. However, I use my boat at least once a month during Dec. and Jan. so is winterizing for a month necessary in order to prevent rusting?

lovin_the_wake 10-15-2007 11:41 AM

try putting some anti-freeze in it while it's sitting I heard that will prevent rusting

psudy 10-15-2007 11:59 AM

It is really simple to drain the block. I would do it anyway.

lovin_the_wake 10-15-2007 12:06 PM

I have a valve I can turn and drain all the water out of mine it just takes a minute

jayc 10-15-2007 1:31 PM

From what I understand leaving the block wet actually inhibits corrosion. Draining the water out allows air inside speeds the corrosion process.

showtime 10-15-2007 1:46 PM

it is not going to rust in a month... <BR> <BR>drain the water for sure. <BR> <BR>don't drain the water and watch it freeze and crack -- your choice... <BR> <BR>winterization is only for peeps that put their boat up for several months at a time.. if you plan to use it once a month, more/less... just drain the water from each side of the block, manifolds/risers and hoses... no way it can crack then....

wakemetoday 10-17-2007 11:03 AM

Thanks! I will add antifreeze if the temperature is going to drop enough to bust the block, but getting that cold here is unusual and I store the boat inside.

texastbird 10-17-2007 5:05 PM

Antifreeze blows into the lake if you put it in the block. Draining the block is easy and doesn't pollute.

tyler97217 10-17-2007 6:28 PM

there is eco friendly antifreeze that you can blow in the lake

jon_a 10-17-2007 6:43 PM

Remember to remove the impeller so it doesn't dry rot

ghostrider_2 10-18-2007 1:18 AM

I make sure I change the oil before getting into winter, but I don't winterize as I might be able to get out on the water. Come spring she goes in in for a full check up, impeller etc. and no worries about rust, a rotting impeller or such.

whitie 10-18-2007 6:12 AM

Give a hoot don't pollute. Econ anti freeze or not I bet it will take more work to add this than it would to just drain it. Don't be lazy. Think about it how are you going to get the antifreeze all they way through out the motor?

wakemetoday 10-18-2007 11:04 AM

I normally change my impeller at the start of every season and hook the water hose up in order to run the antifreeze out (and dilute it) before going to the lake. Even though polluting is a good point, I was more concerned about keeping the rust at a minimum. I think it's like Jay said. Keeping water in will inhibit rust. My thinking is it will also help lubricate the impeller.

bob 10-21-2007 9:58 PM

Ronnie please tell me your not using regular car (ethylene glycol) antifreeze and either dumping it in the ground or into the lake?

wakemetoday 10-22-2007 11:10 AM

No, it's a pink antifreeze that's supposed to be environmentally safe.

bob 10-23-2007 1:56 AM

<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/wink.gif" border=0> cool, you almost scared me there for a moment


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