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8 years 1 month ago #514 by hayden
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I just completed my 10th winterization of IP35-165, Island Spirit. Here is a summary of the steps.

Pump water tank empty
Bypass water heater (connect hoses together) drain tank
Antifreeze used:
1 gal into engine intake, pump to head
1 gal into engine, run until exhausts shows antifreeze
1 gal into sink, hot, cold and sprayer
1 gal into head sink and shower lines
1 gal into the AC/heat system
1 gal into deck wash & cockpit shower
1 gal for shower bilge, and bilge
DONE

To add antifreeze into the water lines, I disconnect the pump pick up line at the tank and connect it to another hose about 2-3 feet long. I then put this hose into the 1 gallon jug and turn on the pump. Using a white bowl, I run the water at each location until I see pink then stop.

It is so easy, and it takes about 1-2 hrs to winterize the boat. We never put antifreeze into the tank, and we never run it into the water heater.


Hayden

Hayden Cochran
IP35-165 Island Spirit
IslandSpirit35.blogspot.com
Rock Hall, MD
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1 year 3 months ago #5755 by zionsail
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Realize this thread is several years old, but anything to add or update? Since this is our first season with our IP37 I want to make sure we do it right when we winterize her later this fall.

Thanks,
Pete

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1 year 1 month ago #5818 by zionsail
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Followed your checklist ... went smoothly.

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1 year 1 month ago #5819 by hayden
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Pete

Thank you. I am happy this helped you winterize. Thank you for the feedback.

Hayden

Hayden Cochran
IP35-165 Island Spirit
IslandSpirit35.blogspot.com
Rock Hall, MD

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2 weeks 6 days ago #6504 by IP320inNC
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Greetings Hayden... Dave Rossi here.

What is the suggested method to get the "1 gal into engine, run until exhausts shows antifreeze"?

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2 weeks 6 days ago #6505 by zionsail
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Dave,
I disconnected the hose at engine/head seacock and connect that hose to a section of hose of similar diameter using an elbow connector and hose clamps. I then put the end of the hose into a bucket filled with anti-freeze. Started the engine and ran it until I saw pink coming out of the exhaust.
Removed the hose connection and reconnected to raw water intake hose back onto the seacock. (The bucket was needed because this hose was too large to fit into anti-freeze bottles).
Pete
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2 weeks 6 days ago #6506 by hayden
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That is exactly how I do it as well. Add a hose to your engine seawater pick up hose and put it into the antifreeze or bucket. Works great.
Hayden....in WARM south Florida heading more south :-)

Hayden Cochran
IP35-165 Island Spirit
IslandSpirit35.blogspot.com
Rock Hall, MD

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2 weeks 6 days ago #6507 by IP320inNC
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Got it. Thanks gentlemen... Hayden, guess you won't be winterizing this year... lol....Lucky guy!

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2 weeks 2 days ago #6511 by IP320inNC
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Once I have bypassed the water heater and emptied it, is there any issue running the engine? I ask this because I understand the engine coolant or heat exchanger heats the water in the water heater. I don't want to burn something out with an empty water heater. I also expect we should assure the 120 water heater breaker remains off while the water heater is empty.

Thanks fellows!

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2 weeks 2 days ago #6512 by hayden
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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.

Hayden

Hayden Cochran
IP35-165 Island Spirit
IslandSpirit35.blogspot.com
Rock Hall, MD

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2 weeks 1 day ago #6514 by IP320inNC
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Thanks Hayden!

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5 days 3 hours ago #6520 by John Kin
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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.

Regards,

John Kin

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5 days 1 hour ago #6521 by hayden
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John

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.

www.ipyoa.com/photos?view=album&aid=2056

I hope that helps.

Hayden

Hayden Cochran
IP35-165 Island Spirit
IslandSpirit35.blogspot.com
Rock Hall, MD

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4 days 23 hours ago #6522 by John Kin
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Hayden,
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.
John

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4 days 46 minutes ago #6523 by hayden
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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.

Hayden

Hayden Cochran
IP35-165 Island Spirit
IslandSpirit35.blogspot.com
Rock Hall, MD

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