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Old 12 January 2007, 12:53   #1
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Winter Storage

So far our RIB has been indoors, safe from the cold winter. However it now has to live outside. We still want to use it through the winter, but Iím concerned about water in the engine freezing after cleaning.
Iíve been thinking off filling a 55 gal plastic drum with water and anti freeze, lowing the engine in then running it for a 5 mins. Then just leaving it till next time we go out.
Has anyone got some advice?

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Old 12 January 2007, 13:20   #2
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I'd do some research as to whether or not the antifreeze will affect the impeller.
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On my engine, if you leave it with the engine trimmed right in, it says that no water will be trapped in the engine and it will be frost-proof. Quite a lot of water runs out of the middle of the prop when you tilt it down and trim it right in.

The book for mine also says that if leaving the boat in the water, you should leave the engine down with the leg in the water in freezing conditions. I'm not sure whether this lets all the water drain down to sea level, or whether the idea is that convection will carry the colder (nearly freezing) water from the engine, down to the sea, and replace it with slightly warmer water thus preventing freezing...
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Old 13 January 2007, 16:41   #4
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Thanks for your help, Nos4r2 & Stephen.
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