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Old 11-25-2013, 12:00 PM
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Winterize in central texas?

Hey Guys
I keep my boat on lake travis, in a slip on a lift. i use my boat year around. so the question begs, as we are facing 31 degrees for an hour. do i winterize. i did for the first time last year as we spent a week at freezing and below freezing. but i feel its not really worth it as we are not spending any amount of time at freezing so for it actually to freeze water in the block. But I'm looking for people opinions and experience. because every year i see here and on other forums people having to get a new engine. but usually or all the ones i have seen are in wisconsin and places like that.

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Old 11-25-2013, 12:20 PM
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I would if I kept the boat on a lift.

I dont think a full winterization process is necessary.........but draining the block and manifolds is not that hard to do.

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Old 11-25-2013, 12:24 PM
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Why not get a block heater?


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Old 11-25-2013, 12:35 PM
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both good ideas. block heater where to get one?
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:00 PM
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So I had a few moments, read a few other forums.

Research says for marine engine bay only use these:

http://www.xtremeheaters.com/

Or

http://www.boatsafeheaters.com/

I was thinking that the magnetic type would work, however what I read on the other sites says this is not the case, due to the short cords etc.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:26 PM
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Hey Guys
I keep my boat on lake travis, in a slip on a lift. i use my boat year around. so the question begs, as we are facing 31 degrees for an hour. do i winterize.
thanks all!
A 75 watt bulb in a drop cord under the engine cover will keep it above freezing easily. Have done it numerous times when I was too lazy and fearless of 32 deg. F to drain the water from the engine cooling components...

Tried and proven (for me) with a wireless thermometer sensor under the engine cover, monitoring from inside.

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Old 11-25-2013, 04:47 PM
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A 75 watt bulb in a drop cord under the engine cover will keep it above freezing easily. Have done it numerous times when I was too lazy and fearless of 32 deg. F to drain the water from the engine cooling components...

Tried and proven (for me) with a wireless thermometer sensor under the engine cover, monitoring from inside.

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I've done the same but with a 100 watt bulb.
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:12 PM
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lower the boat into the water where the exhaust flaps are below the water line and shop light for kicks
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:20 PM
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Done the shop light many times. Usually do two 60 watts just in case a bulb burns out.
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