Boats left in water thru winter?

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  1. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    This is what I am envisioning for next year. Looks good too. I like the floating pier.. I wish I had that.
     
  2. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Thanks for the replies everyone. This has been encouraging and helpful..
     
  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve only been out of the water for 11 days and I miss my clubhouse already.
    I’m thinking that if I winterize and wrap in the water with a door, leave it plugged in with the fridge going, and bring along a littler oil filled radiator I can hang out every once in a while throughout the winter.
    Why the bilge heater though? Do you not winterize the motors?
     
  4. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Block heaters and you are good
     
  5. tonykdr

    tonykdr Member

    75
    Dec 9, 2015
    Huntington NY
    2003 Meridian 411
    Cummins 5.9 6BTA
    I keep a little oil filled rad in the engine room on its lowest setting. It's not necessary but I feel it helps keeps things from getting brittle in freezing temps (hoses). I also keep a plug in heater in the galley. When I go play around, I'll plug it in while I'm there. I made the mistake of leaving that on once before I left on a vacation. Came back to a $400 electric bill. Ha
     
  6. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Active Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    C9F02244-C003-4F57-9C1B-3FF92D5A6805.jpeg Jvm225 I winterize the motors, the heater is really insurance and keeps the condensation down.
    This is how I keep an eye on everything,
     
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  7. M Prod

    M Prod Member SILVER Sponsor

    47
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 340 Sundancer
    Aquapro 10ft Dinghy w/ Honda 8HP
    Seawise Hydraulic Dinghy Davit System
    8.1 Horizons w/V drives
    In the water with engine room and cabin heaters ...plus weekly visits and running all systems at least once a month (generator, engines, reverse cycle heat). I try to take her out once a month at least ...even for just a 30 minute cruise around the harbour. We are going out of town for 2 weeks over Christmas, so I'm planning on running antifreeze through all raw water cooling systems, plumbing, etc ...just for peace of mind in case the marina happens to lose power. To be fair we're in the PNW where temps at sea level (typically) rarely fall below freezing for any significant lengths of time.
     
  8. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve got a little Caframa heater that works great, I kept it on the counter in my old boat on the hard all winter and ran it whenever I was down at my dock property playing around with the boat. But, it uses a lot of electricity, and that cabin was much smaller than the cabin on my current boat. I’d probably have to supplement it with another small heater.
    I’m in a boatyard for the first time in many years this winter and I don’t think the owner, who is a great guy, would appreciate me running his electric bill up. In order to get electric where I’m blocked up I have to run a out of cord to a 15 amp receptacle so the electric would be minimal.
    That’s another reason why I want to stay in the water at my own dock (my private property) next year. I can use the electric as much as I want through my two 30 amp receptacles and not feel guilty since I pay the bill.
     
  9. JimT

    JimT Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    Wait ten years. With global warming you will be boating on Long Island Sound all year, no winterization. We are pricing out Palm trees here in Charlotte.
     
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  10. M Prod

    M Prod Member SILVER Sponsor

    47
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 340 Sundancer
    Aquapro 10ft Dinghy w/ Honda 8HP
    Seawise Hydraulic Dinghy Davit System
    8.1 Horizons w/V drives
    And if you live in Florida, you won't be needing your marina anymore as you'll have waterfront property soon enough! :)
     
  11. RobJVA

    RobJVA New Member

    1
    Jul 12, 2016
    Yeocomico River, Virginia
    2009 290 Amberjack

    F/V Miss Smitten
    Twin 350Mag MPI Horizon's
    V-Drives
    So I can kill some stripers, I run a bilge heater for most of December. Do a full winterization for the January/February using my trusty sea flush. Bubbler is a must on the Yeocomico. I have to tell ya, it beats the hell out of blocking up every year. Some of my best times are at the marina, no one around, temps below freezing, and I am down in my warm rat hole drinking beer. We have a nice club house, so warm showers and a working head is nice and convenient.
     

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