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Tom Tamasy replied to the topic 'Thru hull question' in the forum. 20 hours 34 minutes ago

Sounds very reasonable, go for it.


Guy W Walton, Jr replied to the topic 'Engine Temp Alarm' in the forum. yesterday

I have a question about ignition switch on IP 420 yr 2002. Would you know who made the panel for IP or how to obtain another switch


hayden replied to the topic 'Winterization' in the forum. 4 days ago

Thank you John, yes, there is a ton of information shared in this website buy all the IP owners. We all love to help each other out. Make sure you click on the Facebook IPYOA group above in the menu and join that as well. Very active because many simply use their phones to post and ask questions.



John Kin replied to the topic 'Winterization' in the forum. 5 days ago

Thank you for the information. The supply and discharge lines are close together so this procedure will be simple. My friend mentioned a diagram and I thought maybe things are more complicated than I imagined. I have been looking around the the IPYOA site and see a wealth of information.


hayden replied to the topic 'Winterization' in the forum. 5 days ago


The idea is to simply pull the water inflow hose off the water heater then pull the water outflow off and connect these together. That now means your water will bypass the water heater which saves you from filling it with antifreeze. Then once you do that, you should drain the water out of the water heater.

I used the Google search menu link under photos and found these photos.

I hope that helps.



John Kin replied to the topic 'Winterization' in the forum. 5 days ago

Hello Hayden,

My name is John Kin and I am new to the forum. We have an IP 45 (Elsie Mae) and I want to winterize her this week instead of paying the yard to do so. Our friends have an IP and mentioned that they were able to get a diagram off this forum that shows how to bypass the hot water heat exchanger. Does that ring a bell? If so could you direct us to this information? It would much appreciated.


John Kin


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Jude replied to the topic 'Re: Head overboard discharge thru hull question' in the forum. 6 days ago

That's how my 31 is plumbed and IMHO common sense dictates that is how it should have been designed originally.


Jude replied to the topic 'Re: Hot Water Tank' in the forum. 6 days ago

If you can, could you please provide Picture and model number of the new 6-gal Seaward hot water tank you installed? Thanks


Jude thanked William in topic IP 380 Leaking Holding Tank 6 days ago
D Wayne Speight post a new ad IP31 Full Boat Cover 1 week ago

IP31 Full Boat Cover
Just in time for that ugly winter weather!! Protect that nice-looking varnish with this North Sho[...]

John Kin thanked hayden in topic Winterization 1 week ago
Richard Stewart replied to the topic 'Yanmar 4JH3E High Pitch Whistle' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

We completed our trip from Maine to Florida. The high pitch whistle continued. It didn't get any worse but it didn't go away either. I talked to the IP factory, Michigan Propeller (the prop manufacturer), and two highly recommended prop shops. All agreed the "singing prop" you described could be the cause. I had the prop pulled, refurbished and balanced. They added a camber to the leading edge of each blade to stop the harmonic whistling. We'll get back to the boat in February . Hopefully this fixed it. I'll keep you posted on the results.


hayden created a new topic ' 2019 IPYOA Calendar Created' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

We have just finished our 2019 IPYOA Calendar and the images are presented in the link below. This is a fantastic 16th edition. Thank you to all who sent in amazing photos. They look great in this black frame. You can order your own calendar here:

If you would rather make a direct donation to help support this IPYOA website project and server/software fees, then please see this page at the LEARN MORE text on the right-hand side of this site:

2019 IPYOA Calendar Pages, enjoy:

Check out this photo by Sheryl Lynn. WOW!!!!!

See all the 13 pages here: the Library for 3 days at Stuart.


hayden uploaded 13 photos to the new album 2019 IPYOA Calendar. 2 weeks ago
Randy Covington replied to the topic 'Re: Single line mainsail reefing on IP35' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I had the same thought about the twisting lines in the boom. I replaced the shuttle blocks with end to end swivel blocks similar to what you have in your photo, just this year. Our reefing system now appears to work as originally designed. We had a good chance to test the system when sailing to Ensanada last month. Predicted winds were fair for the day, sailing south with full main and jib out, close hauled, 12kn wind, we were hit by by 25-30 sustained (Santa Anna Winds from off shore). We fell off a bit and reefed the main, worked perfectly?


hayden added a new event 2 weeks ago

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show

Welcome to the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show The 41st Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast!...

  • Friday, 30 November 2018 12:00 AM
  • 400 1st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Dave & Kim Rossi replied to the topic 'Winterization - OK to run engine with empty water heater?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Thanks Hayden!


hayden created a new topic ' Call for PHOTOS: 2019 IPYOA Calendar 16th edition' in the forum. 2 weeks ago


IP PHOTOS that work BEST
Under Sail photo
At anchor photo
At Sea photo
Pets on an IP

I prefer the HIGH-RESOLUTION photo as an attachment.

PLEASE include your name and your boat name and MODEL and a short caption.

Send your best photo to:
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I am excited to get this 16th edition, 2019 IPYOA CALENDAR built and released.
Thank you for your help.

Hayden on a mooring in STUART, FL


hayden replied to the topic 'Winterization - OK to run engine with empty water heater?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

You are all OK with the engine coolant by passed at the water heater. The coolant loop will then just return to the engine. It's all a closed loop.

Yes, you are right, do not turn on the 120 volt water heater switch as with no water in the water heater you will burn out the heating elements.



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