Best Engine Room Heater

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  1. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Chattanooga, TN - wet slip - usually only deal with a handful of days below freezing.

    Drain and blow air through all the fresh water systems.
    Add antifreeze to drains and shower sump.
    Drain and clean the poop tank and add antifreeze.
    Engine, Generator and HVAC I don't winterize unless the boat is going to be out of the water for maintenance.
    Bilge heater - 40-45 deg.
    Portable electric heater in the cabin. 45 deg.

    Monitor by phone app. If power goes out I have a friend in the area with keys that can crank up the generator. One thing really nice about the Chickamauga Marina it's one of the first customers from a TVA sub station.
     
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  2. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    I guess it's still working. Texas ice storm rolled in.

    On at 37.13f and off at 41.61f.

    It's 24f outside by the way.

    Screenshot_20220203-185040_Govee Home.jpg
     
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  3. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
    I have had nothing but trouble with two 45's and them turning on/off at different temps. In speaking with them again about this we decided to go back to the 66 but with the thermostat removed so it is always on.

    I ended up using a cheap external temp controller from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0957NYW37/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    This setup has been working like a charm. I can't say enough about this company and their willingness to help and keep their customers happy. Truly rare these days.
     
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  4. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Anacortes Washington
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 Charts Timezero radar Furuno
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Question
    In your gas boat did you hard wire it to the breakers or plug it in. Are the Extreme heaters rated to be in a bilge of a gas boat. We do not see our boat from October to May. Boat is in Washington Stare on the hard over the winter. Temperatures go as low as 15 for a few weeks.
     
  5. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    On my prior 1995 330DA gasser I wired it to the breaker panel. I used a BoatSafe heater.
     
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  6. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    2003 Fisher 17 aluminum
    90hp Honda 4 stroke
    I plug mine in. I run the cord through an access hole where my shore power plugs in.
     
  7. SeaNile

    SeaNile Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Chadds Ford, PA
    2003 50 Sundancer
    2007 20 SunDeck
    Cummins QSM11
    Great timing. Just starting to think about the winterization process as I will be staying in the water for the first time. I'm planning on adding engine pan heaters but only have one outlet in the bilge. Doubt I can run two heaters off of one outlet. Also need a cabin heater, or two.
     
  8. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    I plan to stay in the water as well. My boat is in a covered slip so I won't get the benefits of the sun.

    I used 2 Caframo heaters in the cabin on my last boat and plan to do the same with my current boat.
     
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  9. skolbe

    skolbe Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Zodiac 290 Wave Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP, Boston Whaler 130 Sport
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    I have done multiple Ironman events in Chattanooga. Such a neat area. I think I could retire there.

    Side note I have had an Extreme Bilge Heater a number of years. I winterize my own boat. I view it as insurance. But I am comfortable with my winterizing skills. The heater has worked consistently over the years.
     
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  10. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    The previous owner had the bilge heater hard wired to the cook range circuit breaker.
     
  11. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    I too winterize my own boat and feel confident in what I do, I use a heater as secondary insurance.
     
  12. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    What remote temperature model products are you using, perhaps a URL so I can take a look.
     
  13. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    In the engine room I have block heaters going 24/7, plus the stock E.R. heater that kicks on at a preset temperature (I'll need to look what temp that is), in the cockpit I have a Caframo with a thermal outlet adapter and in the galley I have another Caframo on the counter top keeping a temp around 60° and if it gets down to 55° the house heating system kicks on.
     
  14. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    That must be an expensive electric bill!
     
  15. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    $75/mo ///. $35/mo summer
     
  16. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
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  17. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    That's significantly less than I expected. I seem to recall Gary or someone else installed block or pan heaters once and received an enormous unexpected electrical bill. Way more than $75.
     
  18. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Use the same ones.

    Edit - I use these by Govee and connected remotely when I'm not around.

    https://www.amazon.com/MINGER-Tempe...778&sprefix=govee+temp+monitor,aps,155&sr=8-5
     
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  19. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    I view the electric bill as insurance in the winter, as we are wet slipped year around.

    IMG_20220618_155751536.jpg
     
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  20. alnav

    alnav Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 16, 2009
    West River, MD
    40 MY
    QSB 425
    I tried using Govee for a season but it would not stay connected to my router (possibly my fault). Anyway, last year I installed Sensor Push (https://www.sensorpush.com) and have been very happy. It had 100% uptime over the winter.
    The system consists of a gateway:
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    and remote sensors:
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    The gateway talks to the sensors and sends the data to a free cloud service accessible via an app:
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    With detail on each sensor (I can see my BoatSafe heater kicked in at 7:30 or so this morning):
    Screenshot 2022-11-16 at 2.12.03 PM.png
    The gateway works well on both my router and marina wifi. The hole in the sensor let me zip tie it to the overhead of the ER. This system is more pricey than Govee but has worked well for me.
     
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