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Theclarks1111 12-12-2012 02:02 PM

Engine block heater
 
Does anyone keep their boat on a lift on their dock all year long without winterizing. I live in Alabama and would love to keep my boat ready to go through the winter for those warm weekends we get. I am curious if anyone has a heater with a power back up. I would like to pull the freeze plugs and keep the block warm enough to not freeze but be able to drop it in the water when it is warm enough. Any thoughts...

thatsmrmastercraft 12-12-2012 02:36 PM

Interesting concept. I would assume that a block heater would warm the water in the engine sufficiently to keep it from freezing. I would recommend using a block heater on each side for plenty of heat, and redundancy....that's what I used to do years ago when I wanted to be sure my truck that never saw the inside of a garage would start when it got cold.

milkmania 12-12-2012 02:46 PM

I would think too many air pockets and not enough circulation on an open cooling system, unlike a vehicle with a closed cooling system. sounds like a gamble to me:(

thatsmrmastercraft 12-12-2012 03:02 PM

When I haven't winterized yet and the temps get cold, I place a quartz heater in the engine compartment and close the engine cover. Keeps it nice and warm inside, and doesn't get hot like a trouble light. a quick drain of the block and a heater may be an option.

milkmania 12-12-2012 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thatsmrmastercraft (Post 895540)
When I haven't winterized yet and the temps get cold, I place a quartz heater in the engine compartment and close the engine cover. Keeps it nice and warm inside, and doesn't get hot like a trouble light. a quick drain of the block and a heater may be an option.

here's an idea???
http://j.b5z.net/i/u/2048250/i/RV%20Heater.JPG


I use a milkhouse heater to heat my 1 car garage, and it worked great yesterday when it was 18 degrees outside

milkmania 12-12-2012 03:12 PM

http://www.csg-i.com/discussionphotos/DSC00425web.jpg

milkmania 12-12-2012 03:13 PM

http://www.csg-i.com/discussionphotos/DSC00427web.jpg

milkmania 12-12-2012 03:14 PM

http://www.apogeekits.com/remote_con...cell_phone.htm

Kyle 12-12-2012 03:54 PM

This is how I would roll.

http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MCM000


Twist the drains and walk away. Once installed it takes 1 min or less to twist the valves and you are done. Then when it's warm twist the valves closed and enjoy the day.

milkmania 12-12-2012 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kyle (Post 895560)
This is how I would roll.

http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MCM000


Twist the drains and walk away. Once installed it takes 1 min or less to twist the valves and you are done. Then when it's warm twist the valves closed and enjoy the day.

what about pockets of un-winterized water?
The water passages create too many pockets, and they're not all gravity drained:confused:


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