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Old 01 November 2005, 12:12   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Winchester
Boat name: Thumper
Make: Ribtec
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200 Opti
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winterising optimax

Got a new boat late summer with 200 optimax on the back. It is due it's service Easter 2006. I will only be using it very occasionally over the Winter. Question is, as I do not want to take any risks, how often would she have to be run to make winterisation unneccesary?
Thanks for the advice

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Old 01 November 2005, 13:06   #2
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Country: UK - England
Town: Reading, Hants
Boat name: Juicy
Make: Sealine F43
Length: 10m +
Engine: 2 x 370hp
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i would have said once a month as boats go a good month or much more during the summer and folks dont seem to worry, will be interesting to see others views as some get a bit worried if they dont use it for a week or two!!

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Old 01 November 2005, 17:29   #3
Country: UK - England
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Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
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Leave water trapped in the cooling channels, salt or tap. Get a cold enough spell and it's f'ked! Simple as that. Had the £5400 bill and it hurt.
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Old 02 November 2005, 15:52   #4
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Make: Delta
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The biggest problem is letting the fuel go off thats inside the engine. Buy some Quicksilver fuel stabilizer and add it to your fuel tank. If the fuel goes off it will leave a sticky brown goo in your injectors etc. Dont run the engine out of fuel cause the High Pressure fuel pump is cooled by the fuel. It can lead to a shorter life if it gets hot and runs dry on a regular basis.
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