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  1. rjbergen

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    Very true. If the thermostat wasn’t open, then winterization is not complete and your block will crack when it freezes.
  2. rjbergen

    Mercs Winterized - Need Advice on A/C and Genset

    If your A/C also heats, then it doesn’t matter which mode it is in when you winterize. The pump does not self-prime so it won’t pull up antifreeze from a bottle below it. You need a container held higher than the pump and run a hose down to the pump. The generator has an impeller just like your engines. It will suck up antifreeze. The antifreeze in the bilge may develop a smell over the winter. It happens to some people if they leave spilled antifreeze in the bilge.
  3. rjbergen

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    People are confused in this thread. Let me clarify. There’s ethylene glycol-based antifreeze that is used in your car’s radiator. It is also used in a closed cooling system on a boat. Under no circumstances should this be used to winterize any portion of a boat. It is toxic to humans and wildlife. It’s typically fluorescent green or orange. Then there’s alcohol-based antifreeze. It is typically sold labeled as RV antifreeze for about $2.99/gallon. I believe it only comes in -50F and is pink in color. This is acceptable for winterzining systems such as your fresh water plumbing, head, waste tank, and A/C. It should not be left for long periods of time in boat engines. The alcohol will degrade rubber components such as you raw water impeller and various o-rings and gaskets. The best type of antifreeze for a boat is propylene glycol-based. It is typically labeled as for engines and water systems. It starts around $4.99/gallon for -50F rating. It is also sold in -60F, -75F, -100F, and even -200F with each being more expensive than the last. Usually, -50F is pink, -60F is purplish blue, and -100F is greenish blue. This antifreeze is non-toxic and contains corrosion inhibitors for your engine’s metal surfaces. It is safe to leave in the engine over winter and will not degrade rubber.
  4. rjbergen

    What's your opinion on the best pumps for inflatables !!!

    We use this on our boat. We have a 2006 Sig 330 and connect it to the battery posts in the port side transom storage locker. Works great for tubes and islands. It can deflate too for compact inflatable storage.
  5. rjbergen

    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    The manufacturing processes are vastly different. Cars are produced on an assembly line where one worked does the same small task time and time again. They become very adept at completing their task quickly and correctly. Whereas a boat is not produced in that fashion. A few skilled workers assemble the boat and perform multiple tasks each. With how many different steps each worker is required to complete in the process, it’s not impossible to miss something, or rush a step and not make it perfect.
  6. Hurricane Michael made landfall yesterday near Mexico Beach, FL as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 MPH winds. It was the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall on the Florida panhandle; the third most intense hurricane, by pressure, to make landfall on the U.S.; and the sixth strongest hurricane, by wind speed, to make landfall on the U.S. This was an extreme storm and extensive damage is left behind. I hope people evacuated in time and that the death toll remains low. Property can be fixed and replaced, but lives cannot be restored. Let's post up pictures and stories from the storm. Hopefully we can all learn something about storms, storm preparations, and recovery after a storm. The U.S. Navy had a ship riding out the storm in one of the bays near Panama City, FL. What a way to ride out a hurricane! The ship is 262 feet at the waterline with a beam of 72 feet. Not a small ship, but also not a big ship. It's an interesting vessel for sure, you should check out the Wikipedia link in the quote below. Calling @brick to check in and any other members from the Southeast.
  7. rjbergen

    Fresh Water Plumbing with PEX?

    I didn’t have anything with me to feed AF to the AC. The AC pumps aren’t self-priming so the AF needs to be fed from above and all I had was bottles of AF. I’ll be able to do it next year, but don’t have time this year
  8. rjbergen

    Fresh Water Plumbing with PEX?

    I'm reporting back to say I finally got my bypass kit installed and winterized my water system! The bypass kit was relatively easy to install. Just had to line everything up correctly. Sure glad I bought the 12 inch bypass hose even though it said that was for 10 gallon tanks and I only have a 6 gallon. The 8 inch hose for 6 gallon tanks definitely would not have worked. I winterized my water system and vacuflush head with about 6 gallons of AF. I failed at winterizing my AC though and will just pay the marina $50 for it.
  9. rjbergen

    Fresh Water Plumbing with PEX?

    I will check this weekend when I do the work, but I would suspect a check valve. The water heater has female threads for the input and output. The output has the push-connect fitting with male threads screwed directly into it. The input has a pipe nipple, the "check valve", and the push-connect fitting with male threads. The push-connect could screw right into the output, why would they add the nipple and the other piece that I suspect is a check valve? Either way, I'm going to attempt the bypass install on Saturday.
  10. rjbergen

    Fresh Water Plumbing with PEX?

    I believe that threaded coupling is actually a check valve to prevent hot water from flowing backwards into the cold water input line and back to the water pump. I will double check then I disassemble. The connections on the water heater are 1/2" NPT female threads. I think I may have found a solution that works. West Marine only carries this Camco water heater bypass kit. This wouldn't work out of the package because I would need an adapter to connect the male threads on my hose fittings. Then I found this Camco premium water heater bypass kit for like 16 deer on Amazon and it has exactly what I need. Male threads to fit the water heater, and female threads to put my pipe fittings back into. Should work great!
  11. Can you please post details on the AC vent? I have a 2006 Sig 330 and have the vent in the aft cabin under the counter, but it doesn't cool the aft enough.
  12. rjbergen

    Fresh Water Plumbing with PEX?

    I’m trying to install a water heater bypass to aid in winterizing. The kit West Marine sells has all male threads; however, that doesn’t work with my setup pictured below. I was wondering if I can just use PEX and Sharkbite fittings from Home Depot to rework my setup?
  13. rjbergen

    Winterizing Help

    That’s exactly what I have. I’m planning to put a bypass system on the potable water cold input and hot output lines. That way I can run antifreeze through the potable water system and not need a ton in the water heater. Then I’ll open the water heater drain valve and the pressure relief valve to break the vacuum and drain the potable water from the water heater. However, as shown in the picture, I have two ports for raw sea water from the port engine. My engines are not closed cooling and use raw water. There is a T fitting in the cooling lines to run hot engine water to the water heater. This runs through a heat exchanger in the water heater to make hot water using engine cooling water rather than electricity. Cool idea, but just another thing to winterize. So I need to winterize that heat exchanger in the water heater. If the marina does the engines well, antifreeze will also circulate through the heat exchanger. I could connect the lines from the engine together to make a loop and separately blow out/pump antifreeze into the heat exchanger in the water heater.
  14. rjbergen

    Winterizing Help

    This is my first season with my Sig 330 and all of the additional systems a cruiser brings. My previous bowrider only had the engine to winterize. No freshwater, no A/C, no generator, and only a portable head. I’m going to winterize my fresh water, A/C, and Vacuflush head this year. The marina wanted $270 for all of that, so I bought 6 gallons of -60F antifreeze for $36. I’ll let the marina winterize my engines and generator this year since I need to have fiberglass work done in my bilge and won’t have access to my boat from when it’s hauled out until after the fiberglass is done and it’ll be cold by then. I think I know how to do all of it, except the water heater. I have a Whale F600 6 gallon water heater with a heat exchanger. The engine raw water cooling from the port engine has a take-off that runs through the water heater. I’m not sure what to do about this heat exchanger. Will removing the hoses and draining it be sufficient? Should I add antifreeze using these hoses? Will the engine winterization circulate enough antifreeze through the heat exchanger? Should I remove the hoses from the water heater and connect them together to bypass the heat exchanger?
  15. rjbergen

    Help identifying knob on the dash - 275 SSI

    I can confirm it’s for the backlight brightness. Have it on my Sig