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Old 10-14-2019, 06:18 PM
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Want to do some late fall, early winter fishing hopefully on Lake Erie. Mercury 150 4 stroke. So do you winterize the live wells and not use them or plug them. What is the best way to do ensure I don't have freezing issues and still be able to use the boat. Garage is not large enough and boat will sit under tarp - canopy until put into unheated storage barn for the winter. I have reviewed a lot of winterization threads.

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Old 10-14-2019, 06:23 PM
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I would just plug the intake and drains up.
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we fish in and out of cold weather all winter down here. may be 45 one week, then breaking ice the next week and way below freezing. I got into a BIG suspending jerk bait bass bite in 6 degrees one year in January on Truman..put it away "dry" that night..no problem

Just make sure all drains, bilge etc. are open, motor tilted down while on incline of ramp and let gravity empty boat . leave motor down during storage(unheated storage unit)... worked for me for 30 years in 4 diff boats. there's a winterization thread that covers some of this over on "boats"...fully watered and charged batteries are good to like 75 below or something like that. keep em on trickler...

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we fish in and out of cold weather all winter down here. may be 45 one week, then breaking ice the next week and way below freezing. I got into a BIG suspending jerk bait bass bite in 6 degrees one year in January on Truman..put it away "dry" that night..no problem

Just make sure all drains, bilge etc. are open, motor tilted down while on incline of ramp and let gravity empty boat . leave motor down during storage(unheated storage unit)... worked for me for 30 years in 4 diff boats. there's a winterization thread that covers some of this over on "boats"...fully watered and charged batteries are good to like 75 below or something like that. keep em on trickler...
Yep! Ramps are pretty slow this time of year, so use that incline to your advantage. I do the same, then cycle all the pumps there at the ramp. Then when I get home, repeat process of lowering the engine and cycling the pumps, but with the trailer jacked up high. Same process I use even on the last trip of the year before winterizing.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:43 PM
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For me... I winterize as normal, then plug everything I can. Intakes, overflows and drains. If you have fresh water intake while moving... remember to close those vales as well and any air intake valves. Water kept out doesn't have a chance to freeze and do damage. Main engine, kicker... Don't forget any electrics... Drop then down and let them drain.

Maybe a bit over the top... But ZERO freeze related issues in many years.
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When I went up to Canada in the fall it would freeze at night so when I pulled it out I would lower the motors and drain everything like other have said but you also want to run the engine briefly just a few seconds to dry out the water pump. The locals told me that otherwise the next morning you would put your boat in and when you start the impeller could bust.
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Want to do some late fall, early winter fishing hopefully on Lake Erie. Mercury 150 4 stroke. So do you winterize the live wells and not use them or plug them. What is the best way to do ensure I don't have freezing issues and still be able to use the boat. Garage is not large enough and boat will sit under tarp - canopy until put into unheated storage barn for the winter. I have reviewed a lot of winterization threads.

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Hi Dave,

I just lower my motor down vertical and keep all the live well drains open. This will be winter 10 with no problems. Latest I fished was Lake Erie in December, and the earliest was Lake Michigan in March.

So far so good.

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