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Old 05-05-2005, 08:09 AM
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Well, As you can see I live in an igloo and it rarely gets above freezing here, but in reality I do regularly deal with drops below freezing in the early spring and late fall. I have left my boat out on the marine railway in the fall when the temp. drops to -8C ( that's into the teens for the U.S. guys). My experience has been that unless it stays below freezing for several days in a row, without warming up in the day-time, you need not be concerned. But, like I say, I do drop the trouble light in the engine box on a rare occassion if I'm feeling skidish the nights that it gets really cold and I want a good night sleep. Right now it is dropping to
-3C at nights and I am not worrying about it. F--- it's cold up here this year!
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Old 05-05-2005, 08:17 AM
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tom.....thx....it was wasted on 95% of this board tho'........i bet you're asked to a lot of karaoke contests eh?????
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Old 05-05-2005, 11:16 AM
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[N]ow I just need to figure out how to drain the raw water pump easily. At a minimum drain the block, itís the most expensive part. Jamie
On the older boats, if you remove the kill switch and spin the engine a few times, it will spit the water out of the pump housing. Will that not work on the newer boats?
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Old 05-05-2005, 01:52 PM
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I'm going out to buy some hose quick dis-connects today for my heater. Great idea. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:54 PM
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Ok - here's the deal... you need to know the difference between the ambient temp and the temp in the engine compartment. Mine is a difference of 6 degrees. So I'm good to 26 degrees, but that's pushing the fold. I just got my boat back from spring maint and today and it is supposed to dip to 24 degrees tonight (4/20 - ***?). To make up the other 2 degree's I use an old electric blanket. I know everyone is whacked about the spark factor, but if you put the control switchbox in a ziplock outside of the engine compartment the risk of spark is so very small you should be good. The temp in the engine compartment w/the blanket makes a 5 - 8 degree diff from the ambient -so with the standard 6, the min temp where this would be effective would be at 21 degree's. At, or below that, winterize. This happens every so often to me after I de-winterize when the boat is still on the trailor so I'm hoping this continues to be a good method.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:56 PM
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Some have hung light in their dog house... but you need about 24 hours at 24 degrees iirc to worry about it...
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:41 PM
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Wait a minute, we jumped from 5-5-2005 to 4-20-13?

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:11 AM
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Just got mine today and of course a low of 28 tonight. Dog house was still a little warm from running it today, but I drained the block and manifolds. I just came in from from weeding through the hoses and didn't have the light of the patience to figure out the heater and shower lines. Should be ok but worst case I covered the big ticket portion. Where the hell is spring this year guys?
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:39 AM
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Just got mine today and of course a low of 28 tonight. Dog house was still a little warm from running it today, but I drained the block and manifolds. I just came in from from weeding through the hoses and didn't have the light of the patience to figure out the heater and shower lines. Should be ok but worst case I covered the big ticket portion. Where the hell is spring this year guys?
It's not in Minnesota.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:21 PM
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Some have hung light in their dog house... but you need about 24 hours at 24 degrees iirc to worry about it...
Bear in mind that while wind temp doesn't lower metal temperature, it does speed temperature loss.

This is the fact that "wind chill" will never reduce the temps of surfaces below ambient, it will just get them to ambient FAST.

Where this is important; if it is windy and below freezing, that wind will increase the probability of a hard freeze in the engine. A bulb can warm the compartment, so long as there isn't a bunch of air flow, so the bulb making heat in an insulated engine box, with the tarp on securely then that is better than untarped.

If you park it in a lean to or a garage, or even behind a row of trees blocking the wind, that will be better.

My favorite are magnetic block heaters, gets the heat where you need it (the block) not just randomly in the bilge.
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