WINTERIZING: Deck & Hull Prep

WINTERIZING: Deck & Hull Prep

Hull repairs are complete and R.E.D. is back home…
Since we were one of the last of the smaller boats hauled out
(many larger boats still to come but they will be placed in another area of the boat yard),
we will be one of the first to go back in the water next spring…
(this is my happy thought)
…This is where R.E.D. will reside for the winter, the view from our cabin window…
…it somewhat eases the sadness we feel…
We were really pleased with the repair results though.
Needless to say, when you can’t tell where the crack was, it was a job very well done
…before…
…after…
(at least we think this is the general vacinity)
We put our Evinrude E-TEC engine through it’s winterization paces before haul out
and added extra fuel stabilizer to the tanks..
… but there remains a lot to do,
at the very least cleaning the outside
after two weeks’ accumulation of leaves and such…
…but before the final wash Francois has been preparing the mast and furler,
securing them for the advent of winter snow…
…raising the mast at the bow to form a good 45 ° angle with the tarp…
…sometimes I inject a good idea or two…
…found this in the hardware department .. a something-or-other for hanging something-or-other…
…the mast fits perfectly into it…
…our tarp skeleton…
PVC for electrical wiring
200 feet with a mere 2 feet left over
…next came the power wash…
very thankful for the two coats of wax before initial launch in the spring…
…she’s still very shiny…
…inside our tarp igloo…
…R.E.D. is now all trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey…
…this weekend was the busiest day we’ve seen at the club all summer…
…but by the end of the day all boats had been removed…
…we took one last sad look before sunset…
…so cold…so windy…but still a very beautiful sight…
…my happy thought:
‘last out – first in’
the six-month-count-down begins…
WINTERIZING: Making Headway

WINTERIZING: Making Headway

…Cleaning and winterizing the ‘head’ (boat toilet)
was a lot easier than I expected…
…first removed as much water in the bowl as possible…
…purchased a good quality marine antifreeze…
(one with a glycol base as the alcohol based ones will dry the lines)
…while Francois posted himself outside with a syphon tube…

…I remained inside pumping away till the blue appeared…
…looks like a giant eyeball…
…that’s it, that’s all…
WINTERIZING: Preparing the Lines

WINTERIZING: Preparing the Lines

…I am now understanding when Francois suggested
at the beginning of the season we choose black lines…
…After several months, exposed to all types of weather and water conditions,
our lovely white lines were filthy…
…So once we had removed all that could be removed,
we brought them home for a good washing…
…separate laundry sacks kept them from becoming a tangled rat’s nest…

…a touch of fabric softener,
produced almost new-looking and very soft lines…
…each labelled…
(would I be able to remember which was which next year?)
…all ready for storage…