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Hello all..New guy to the area (just moved to harrison township from North Carolina), with a couple "New guy" questions!

This coming saturday I will be taking delivery of a 2009 trophy 2152
I do have a couple questions regarding winterization and the need for bottom paint. My motor is a 4.3 L mercruser (raw water cooled). The boat will be stored out back in the canal the whole season.

First the bottom paint...I know this is an absolute nessecity for boats stored in saltwater, but is it nessecary for boats stored in fresh as well? If so, would I be OK to put the boat in for the next 2 months or so without bottom paint and take care of it this winter? The place i bought my boat quoted me over $1100.00 to do this..sounds a little steep to me.

Is there any places in the Harrison Township area that do this that you can reccommend?

On the winterization..I would like to extend my fishing season as late as possible in the fall (and as early as possible in the spring). I am a little concerned about the possibility of freezing my block. this is my first experience owning an I/O, so I am a little paranoid I guess. I would like to keep the boat in as late as possible. I was looking at the engine compartment heaters...would they be a good Idea in my situation? nessecary? When do you all take your boats out for the winter?

Is there anything else I should be mindful of please let me know. While I have owned (bass) boats all my life, this is my first experience with an I/O motor, and keeping the boat in the water during the season.

Any help/hints are much appriciated!

thanks all
 

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I bought my bought in August last year and hauled out in October. So it was in the water for 2 months and man was it a b!#%h to clean the bottom. I was docked in the Black River in Port Huron which is pretty dirty so I'm sure that did not help.

I would shop around on the painting prices. Had my 236 painted for $700 this spring. That included finishing cleaning the spots I could not reach when the boat was on the trailer, sanding, primer and painting. I supplied the paint which I got on sale at Boaters World during their going out of business sales. It only took a half gallon with the primer on there.

YMMV. Good Luck.
 

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You will want to paint the bottom. You don't have to, if it's decent gelcoat it's not necessary or anything, but clean it once and you'll want to paint it. I don't paint mine because it's a go-fast and that will reduce the value and look like crap. Cleaning it involves spending time on my back scrubbing the hull with acid. It's not fun. So I keep it on the trailer now.

As long as the boat is sitting in the water, you shouldn't have to worry about winterization. In all but the most extreme circumstances, the water in contact with the drive will keep the water in the motor warm enough to keep it from freezing overnight as long as the boat stays in the water. If you're concerned, a light bulb in the engine compartment (incandescent) will put off some heat and keep it from getting below freezing in the late fall. Or, you can drain the block and manifolds. There are usually thumbscrews plugging a hole on each side of the block and each exhaust manifold. Unscrew them, let the water drain out, and put them back in.

Take it out when it's too cold for you to use it. People start pulling their boats around labor day. Those people are pussies. I will be boating all through september and through most of october. I'll start to think about winterizing in October and probably do it sometime between mid october and mid november. Last year I think I winterized mid-october and used my waverunner until early november (no winterization required on the waverunner)
 

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We have been using Sea Hawk bottom paint for the past few years with excellent multi-season results. Price is reasonable compared to other brands. On a new hull I would suggest an epoxy prime coat, and two coats of bottom paint. Would be happy to discus your options if you would like.

The light bulb trick in the engine room has worked well on nights when the temperature dips below the freezing point so long as were not talking about extended periods of temps where the water around the boat is freezing solid.

Otherwise draining the blocks, manifolds and coolers are your best bet.
 

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