A little anti-freeze
12 December 2016 | Blue Water Marina
I returned from Monaco late on Saturday and try as I might, I couldn't muster the energy to head out to Little Wing to tend to needed tasks. Come Sunday, I took advantage of a cold, clear day to clear the gutters at home and stack some firewood. With the cold front coming, I vowed to head out on Monday to winterize the engine, even if I had to do it in the rain.
As it turned out, the rain gave way to a beautiful afternoon with temps in the 50s. I stopped at the local Ace Hardware to buy 8' of tubing so I could pour antifreeze into the engine water intake from a vantage point that also allowed me to check the outflow of the Diesel engine. It worked perfectly and within 15 minutes, the engine was winterized. That left me with time to remove the dodger and Bimini and to load up the cockpit cushions.
The reverse cycle heater worked very well. Replacing the pump has made a huge difference.
Every simple task done alone helps me to grow in knowledge and self reliance. I love the boat.