As Mike says use the RV pink (or sometimes red) environmentally safe antifreeze for everything that has water in it. The engine cooling system actually has twoMessage 1 of 11 , Sep 17View SourceAs Mike says use the RV pink (or sometimes red) environmentally safe antifreeze for everything that has water in it. The engine cooling system actually has two parts separated by the heat exchanger. The water part that cools the engine coolant (and discharges back into the water) and the engine coolant that is your typical auto antifreeze (green) and which is a closed system. The engine side does need the green, but unless you are changing coolant or have a leak you should not need any green.Also when I winterize the engine I will loosen the alternator belt. This takes stress off of the bearings and tension off of the belt.It will take, about a tank full of water to clear the pink from the fresh water holding tank in the spring. I actually fill with 5 gallons and pump it dry, about three times (15 gallons). Then I fill it with about 5+ gallons an add a 1/4-1/2 cup of chlorine (Clorox), and start running it through the system till the chlorine smell comes out. Let it perk for a day or two, and then pump it out and then fill for use. This will purify the entire plumbing system. Now you may still have a chlorine smell for a couple of weeks but it will soon dissipate. We always use bottled water for drinking and cooking, but the tank water should be good for washing hands, dishes and such.I will try to combine all of the winterizing tips and put them on the web site.In a message dated 9/17/2013 2:27:54 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, recess12@... writes:Randy, use the RV stuff for everything. Don't use automotive. The RV antifreeze is not poisonous to the water. Flush out your water tank to get the taste of to out. I usually run a tank of water through it and that will flush out the system.Mike
Sent from my iPad
On Sep 16, 2013, at 10:56 PM, <rferre2000@...> wrote:
One more quick question....
Several of you reference "Antifreeze". Sailorartman specifically mentioned RV Antifreeze, which I would guess you all mean for the water tank, etc. Do you also mean the same for the fresh water intake in the engine cooling? or do you mean the Xerex/Prestone type for engines? In either case, do you do anything to prevent discharging it into the lake when you start it up in the spring?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, <rferre2000@...> wrote:
Thank you David, Sailorartman, Ted, Robert, Bob and Mike. I am thrilled to have received such an enthusiastic response. Many thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. Invaluable!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!
--- In email@example.com, <recess12@...> wrote:
I have a 1994 Capri. I have owned it since July of 1993. It is in Colorado and temps have been as low as -20+. I put antifreeze in and through all water systems. I keep about a gallon or so in the water tank and pumped through the lines. The water heater lines need to be disconnected and heater drained so antifreeze is not in the heater. I put another gallon in the head and pump it into the holding tank. I also pump a gallon through the engine by putting the intake hose from the seacock in a gallon bottle of antifreeze and run the engine until it is gone. I then remove the water pump housing and the impeller and end stop from the heat exchanger and leave them disconnected all winter. Keep some rags handy to catch the antifreeze that run s out. Seacock's are left 3/4 open. Batteries are left in the boat and charged now and then. I have done this since 1994 and have never had a problem. Just make sure there is no water in any line only antifreeze. Buy the good antifreeze and don't buy the automobile antifreeze. Keeping the boat in the water one would think the water will not freeze and it won't as long as the water is under the boats water line. Any water in lines above the lake level can freeze cracking the seacock and attached lines. Two boats sunk at Navajo Reservoir several years ago because the lines froze above the water line of the lake.
I am thrilled with our "new" Capri 26 (Kia Ora #285). Launched the last day of May 2013, I have been working to get my sea legs back after a lengthy break in bareboat charters and selling our Catalina 22. The 26 is great. We are loving it, ok "her". .
Unfortunately, the snow flies and stays on the ground in Lake Tahoe in late October or November, so I am planning the winterizing process. I have ordered a winter cover and a de-icer "bubbler" (she will stay in the water) The local marina puts a low watt light bulb in the bilge to keep it from freezing.
If anyone has a C26 in a freezing climate and has any tips, I would appreciate it. At 6000ft elevation, overnight temperatures frequently drop to -10f and sometimes lower. Note: She has an inboard diesel.
PS Many thanks to Art and Richard for their advice in helping me evaluate Kia Ora. We are thrilled with our purchase. My only complaint is not having had the entire summer off to sail her!