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Old 17 September 2004, 17:20   #1
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Last Outing Then Winterising

Hi Folks, well been a pretty poor season for myself and a mate. Two Ribs, out 5 times all year due to mechanical problems, work and weather. Anyway going to be out in the Solent mid week hopefully and then will be laying up till next year.
Now to my question, winterising a Rib! Is it something best undertaken by a marine garage with all costs incurred or can it be done yourself relatively easily. Now we are both able to do your run of the mill car maintainence no problem, but having paid for wintering last year, about 250 if i remember right is it a DIY that is pretty simple. Me thinks so but unsure of the tasks needed to ensure a trouble free start to next year. Any advice on this would be much appreciated.
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Old 17 September 2004, 17:30   #2
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Spud,

Have a look here: Winterisation?

Also, if you do a search on 'winterising' you'll find another thread or two which might make useful reading while you await the collected wisdom of current forum members.
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Old 17 September 2004, 17:31   #3
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No Spud, don't do it!

The season ends at the End of February and starts again on the first of March.

We are out on Sunday, if the weather is poor we will go from Poole to Chichester. If it looks ok we will make a quick dash to Cherbourg for lunch.

Don't write off this time of year - you can have some of the most memorable trips in the next couple of months.

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Old 17 September 2004, 17:35   #4
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No Spud, don't do it!

The season ends at the End of February and starts again on the first of March.
Don't write off this time of year - you can have some of the most memorable trips in the next couple of months.
Last year we didn't winterise Blue Ice as we did do some 'unseasonal' trips. The advice we were given was to winterise if the boat/engine would be standing without use for several months.
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Old 17 September 2004, 17:36   #5
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Why winterise?

Why bother winterising - all it really is is a bit of a service and some inhibitor to stop the bores rusting when the engine is left un-used over the winter months.

Much better to keep an eye on the weather and use the boat when the weather looks good - there can be some fantastic, freezing cold, clear and flat calm days in the winter when you have the water to your self.
If the engine gets used it shouldn't need winterising!

Have spent the last three boxing days in the Pier View in Cowes - any body fancy joining us this coming Christmas?

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I've never winterised a RIB yet. Best time of year. Beautiful crisp days & no-one around. Dig out those thermals and enjoy!
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Have spent the last three boxing days in the Pier View in Cowes - any body fancy joining us this coming Christmas?

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Absoluteley Duncan,

What an antidote to crap TV and family arguments...

Please post a thread closer to the date.

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Sounds good but it's likely that we'll be in Devon over Christmas. If we're around we'd love to join you though!
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Totally agree with everybody else,use it all year round,get on the thermals and a dry suit and get out on the water.
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Surely, if your worried about rusting bores ect, but wanted to possibly go out through the winter, wouldn't running the engine up for 10 mins every month help prevent those probs?

I hope to use my RIB during the winter,will be out this weekend but won't be able to go out untill December as i'll be out the country for a couple of months.

Might see you this weekend as well!

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