Time to Think About Winterizing Kismet!
All good things must come to an end… well temporarily anyways as we think about winterizing Kismet. As the colder, wetter months arrived in Portland, we started to turn our thoughts to flying home for the holidays. Jim found a secure storage lot for our boat near Salpare Marina. As the time approached, we prepared a few to do lists – a list of things to pack to take home, a list of errands to do before we left, and the most important list of all, Winterizing Kismet, just in case.
Although the temps are fairly moderate in the Pacific Northwest, it rarely snows and the winter temps don’t get below freezing very often or for very long when they do. Most people leave their boats in the water all year. With that said we felt it was still important to take Kismet out of the water, winterize and store it on land for the two months we were going to be in Michigan. I’ve attached the list of winterization activities I perform before storing Kismet on the hard. We want to protect her from the outside chance of prolonged freezing weather in our absence. We don’t want to come back to frozen water lines, etc.
Items needed to have on hand:
5 GAL engine RV antifreeze
5 GAL fresh water RV antifreeze
16 plastic white zip ties.
1. Empty water tank.
2. Empty hot water heater.
3. Have holding tank pumped out.
4. Put 4 gallons in water tank.
5. Run galley sink until pink antifreeze comes out.
6. Run head sink until pink antifreeze comes out.
7. Pour antifreeze in head sump.
8. Run genset until it is warmed up.
9. Close through hull valve on air/heat, take hose off of strainer. Once genset is on, start air/heat unit and pour anti freeze into hose until it comes out discharge hole on hull side. reassemble hose onto strainer.
10. Close through hull on genset and take hose off of strainer. Start genset and pour antifreeze into hose until it comes out hull discharge hole. Then turn genset off and reassemble hose.
11. Close through hull for engine
12. Take strainer cap off and pour antifreeze into strainer and flush toilet 2 times or until the pink colored antifreeze comes into toilet bowl.
13. Pour antifreeze into strainer and turn on cockpit fresh water outlet until pink antifreeze comes out
14. Start engine and pour engine antifreeze into strainer until pink antifreeze comes out of exhaust, about 2 to 3 gallons
15. Re-install strainer cap.
16. Pour antifreeze into aft bilge until bilge runs.
17. Pour antifreeze into waste emptying fitting.
18. Disconnect all batteries by connecting each set of cables with a zip tie. Number each battery post with a zip tie that is numbered the same as each battery set.
19. With boat out of the water now, pump antifreeze into forward bilge pump hull fitting (hull discharge is on starboard side closest to bow)
20. With boat out of the water pump antifreeze into waste water hull discharge fitting on port side between engine and genset exhaust.
Ten gallons of RV anti-freeze costs around $50 and my labor is well worth the ounce of prevention it takes to protect and preserve our boat from potential cold weather hazards. The entire process is fairly straight forward and takes about 3 hours.
Our five weeks in Portland flew by rather fast, as we got closer to “D” day we prayed for a good day to trailer the boat. We were rather doubtful of that happening considering that the weather up to that point just seemed to get colder, rainier and windy the longer we stayed.
After Kismet was winterized and trailered, we took her to a storage yard where Jim covered the entire boat with a very large white tarp. The tarp is meant to ward off rain water or snow, help keep the boat clean and conceal the boat from prying eyes. When the boat is fully covered one can hardly tell what is underneath.
This time we stored the dinghy and motor in the cockpit of the boat. The whole thing will be covered with a big tarp, so we think it should all be good. Winterizing Kismet is a lot of work, but we know it will pay off in the end. We won’t have to worry while we are gone, we can concentrate on being home rather than worrying about what is happening with the boat.