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  • When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

    Just curious, at what temp or how cold will you stop boating? How cold a winter to winterize? If I keep my boat in garage, do I need to winterize? I am in South Texas and we don't get snow or ice that often. Thanks.
    2007 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3L Mercruiser 190 HP


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    Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

    Is your garage heated? Does it get down below freezing there? Snow or ice isn't what will freeze your motor. Temperatures dropping below freezing for long periods or dipping way below for just a day can all freeze the motor. If you keep it in a garage, I wouldn't worry to much about it, buy a portable heater unit and put it in the garage or open the home door to the garage if it gets real cold. I will be winterizing in my area at the end of november to mid december. Just remember that trailering it in freezing weather is a no no if it hasn't been winterized!

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    • #3
      Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

      what kind of boat? makes a HUGE difference for the right answer...

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        Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

        Originally posted by smokingcrater View Post
        what kind of boat? makes a HUGE difference for the right answer...
        Bowrider with I/O. I am getting my first boat soon (used as taking advantage of off-season price) and newbie to this. The weather won't drop below freeze that often, maybe couple days for winter. However, since no one can predict the weather, if the motor is not winterized, what is the best temp measure to fight those days? Portable heater? Heating blanket over the motor? I guess that I will need one for the out drive too.
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        • #5
          Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

          I don't get freezing temps in my garage until the outside temp drops below 10*F

          You should be fine if you keep your doors shut, yes, park the car outside for a night or 2 if you have to.

          Lower the outdrive to drain the water from it.

          Place a thermometer on the fender of the trailer and keep an eye on it.

          If the thermometer gets down to 34 or so, place a small ceramic heater in the engine box, or a couple 100 watt lights.





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          • #6
            Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

            If you're able to store it in the garage, you might not have to worry about it that much in TX. Just make sure you get all the water out of it.

            We freeze a little, but not consistently. I'll winterize within the next 4 weeks down here - BUT i keep my boat in the garage and really don't necessarily need to. There are folks down this way who run year round.
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              Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

              Originally posted by baylake View Post
              Bowrider with I/O. I am getting my first boat soon (used as taking advantage of off-season price) and newbie to this. The weather won't drop below freeze that often, maybe couple days for winter. However, since no one can predict the weather, if the motor is not winterized, what is the best temp measure to fight those days? Portable heater? Heating blanket over the motor? I guess that I will need one for the out drive too.
              Ayuh,.... It only takes once below freezin' to Destroy yer motor...

              DRAIN the water out of it, 'n the temp becomes irrelevant, as Air don't freeze...
              Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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                Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

                Personally, I could not sleep knowing the only thing between me and the loss of my engine was some type of heating device, be it a light bulb, portable heater or electric blanket. Well, the book of "How I Cracked my Engine Block " was written by some wise-as$ Floridian who carved out bad Karma by mocking northern boaters, so there's no shortage of people willing to take chances. I believe the cover picture is the author holding a heater that failed and a weather report that showed the low temp was 'only 33 degrees for the area'.

                The number of cracked engine blocks from freezing because people depended on something other than draining the water = thousands every year.

                The number of cracked engine blocks because people properly drained them = Zero
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                • #9
                  Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

                  Any "Plan A" depending on electricity is flawed. Many time the first thing to go in areas that get a surprise freeze is the electricity. Also, people kick cords accidentally, switches and breakers get turned on and off, breakers trip because all of a sudden there is a heating device that puts it at the limit.

                  Plan A should be DRAIN it.
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                  • #10
                    Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

                    I'd at least drain the water out of the engine block. Just about every Mercruiser short block sold is because someone didn't drain their block--as they'll not wear out under normal service life.

                    I don't use deep cycle batteries if they're not on a trolling motor. I'm sold on keeping a Battery Tender hooked up all year, however.

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                    • #11
                      Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

                      The common theme is DRAIN the water out. So, Is that a good practice to DRAIN the water out of engine after use every time? What is the reason to keep the water in even not during winter? Thank you all for sharing.
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                        Re: When to winterize? Do you boat in winter?

                        Originally posted by baylake View Post
                        The common theme is DRAIN the water out. So, Is that a good practice to DRAIN the water out of engine after use every time? What is the reason to keep the water in even not during winter? Thank you all for sharing.
                        Ayuh,... The topic here is Winterization, hence the call to Drain it....

                        I suppose you could drain it after each use....
                        Just donno why you'd want too...
                        Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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