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Old 04-12-2014, 01:16 PM
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cold snap

okay, winterized the boat over the winter. keep the boat on a lift year round with a full protective cover. took the boat out 2 weekends ago. suppose to get one last (hopefully) cold snap with overnight on Monday of 30 degrees with 20 mph north winds. should I run up and drain the block again to be on the safe side?
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:39 PM
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Can't hurt, and it will let you sleep better. If the temp is only 30, there is no problem. I seem to recall the weather-man being wrong in the past though.

Chances are you will never say "I really wish I hadn't drained that darned block".

I'm not starting my boat today as we have temps of 25 coming one night. I decided to wait until after to de-winterize. No point in taking the RV antifreeze out a week too early.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:09 PM
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absolutely go and at least drain block -- I couldn't sleep - make a fun road trip out of it... go out to eat.. then you'll sleep well... too many crack block threads here this season....
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:20 PM
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Going up to drain the block. Sad thing is it's 80 degrees today but 25 mph winds.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:15 PM
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Im not draining.
It was 83 today and we have been out twice. Supposed to drop to 26 Monday but you are only talking a few hours below freezing.
No sweat. 24 for 24.
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:24 PM
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Early in the season I always just put a lightbulb under the block and have it come on from dusk until dawn.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:32 PM
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well glad i did. it is snowing up at the lake i keep the boat at with a windchill of 22 degrees!
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:51 PM
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well glad i did. it is snowing up at the lake i keep the boat at with a windchill of 22 degrees!
It's suppose to be 30 degrees tonight here in North Texas! Nuts!
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:35 PM
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Every spring and fall, the same thing......
Wind chill is a relative value of how wind affects the feeling on skin.

Iron has no skin and no FEELING. Temps in the Midwest are no where near cold enough long enough to drop the temp of an entire mass of iron, aluminum and water to below 32 degrees.
I set out a glass cup (to maximize any heat transfer) yesterday afternoon and it did not even have a skim of ice on it this morning.

Plants are different. Some can be damaged at temps even above freezing. They have micro thin cellular walls composed primarily of water so it takes much less time to do damage. Even then, a thin blanket of plastic can protect them significantly as the ACTUAL air temp falls well below freezing.

The science is not there to backup any concern of engine damage but that does not help the psychological state of some people. Weather can change for the worse but there was no indication of the possibility of that drastic of change.
People can rest even easier in the midwest, forecast has been revised upward. Temps may be unseasonably cool but not mechanically damaging.
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My dogs' water bowl did not freeze outside last night. So I drained my engine block for nothing. But you know what? I slept like a baby.
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