Spring Season Engine Start-Up for Winterized Engines

You've properly prepped your engine and fuel tank for winter, now it's time to learn how to get rid of the antifreeze. All you need is a hose, bucket and empty container to store the old antifreeze and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way.


Two things, as they say, are certain in life: death and taxes. Perhaps a third would be that fuel cost will inevitably keep rising. So, it benefits your boat and your wallet to maintain both your engine and fuel quality. Like many have heard me say, “maintenance costs less than repairs, in both time and money.”

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Marc Robic
Marc caught his love of sailing and all things water from his father from a very young age. He has owned many sailboats in his 40+ years of sailing. An avid do-it-yourselfer and handyman, he builds, modifies, improves and executes all his own repairs. He also enjoys testing, documenting & sharing products and how-to methods with other sailors and boaters. Posting many how to videos on his YouTube channel and Facebook page. He is a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Currently, he sails his Catalina 270, Aquaholic 3, out of the Ile-Perrot Yacht Club in Montreal, where Marc spent 16 years as Harbour Master. He is also a regular bareboat yacht charterer, having sailed most of the Caribbean islands. In the winter months, Marc regularly hand builds exact scale models of friends’ boats to give them away in the spring.


  1. Curious why you would be using antifreeze that requires proper disposal, e.g. ethylene glycol. Why not simply use the propylene glycol based pink antifreeze that is harmless to both animals and environment?