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Old 15 November 2007, 13:15   #1
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winterising

Have searched many threads on winterising, without an answer.
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Say a RIB stays in fresh water all winter (inland harbour) should the engine be trimmed down are up, regarding frost damage?
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Old 15 November 2007, 13:46   #2
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Allways store the engine down in winter to allow the water to naturally drain out. and a good idea to add fuel stabiliser to the tank and run the engine for five minutes so the added mixture gets through the system. Allso depends on weather the harbour dries out or not.
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Allso depends on weather the harbour dries out or not.
tidal fresh water?
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tidal fresh water?
There is a tide of 30 cm. It's about 100 km inland.
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Allways store the engine down in winter to allow the water to naturally drain out.
Erm, I think you may find that the boat is afloat not on dry land
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Does the harbour freeze?
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Knowing how cold NL gets, I wouldn't want my motor sitting in freshwater over the winter - I'd have it in my garage, or failing that, the living room with a blanket round it and the electric fire on.
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tidal fresh water?
How about answering his question then
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How about answering his question then
I thought it was obvious that it wasn't a drying harbour - which was my point.

Having never stored a boat in fresh water over winter I chose not to comment... but would be concerned that your advice will not drain the water completely out of the leg (as per chris' comment) and with it being fresh water it will be liable to freeze at relatively normal temp - which is the point Nos and Matt are getting at.
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It takes 5,5 hours for the tide to get in from the coast.

The harbour does freeze, normaly 3 up to 5 cm of ice.

The point is, I do keep my RIB on a trailer with the engine all the way down. As I use her all winter.
This question is for a friend in the same harbour who keeps his boat in the water with a 50 hp Mercury bigfoot. He asked: leg in the water or trimmed up?

And you guys keep your boats in the water most of the time so you would know the answer.
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