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Old 10-19-2018, 03:29 PM
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In ATX we just end up throwing an incandescent safety light in the engine compartment to keep everything above freezing in the winter. This is interesting...
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But the engine is made of cast iron or aluminum and they conduct heat much better than many other materials in the boat, even when coupled to air.

What is the water temperature? If it's much warmer than the air, leave it in- the water will lose heat to the boat and the bilge temperature will stay higher than the air temperature.
Yes, very well aware of that fact and still stand by my reasoning that the engine has way more mass than say an also excellent heat conducting brass ballast pump housing. Thus the engine will take much much longer to reach freezing temperatures so I would heat the entire engine compartment with a thermostatic controlled heater.
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