Boats left in water thru winter?

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  1. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    Just curious as to how many people leave their boat in the water during water? Assuming it is winterized and not to be used until Spring. If you do what preparations if any do you do other than winterizing systems?
     
  2. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Left in the water, winterized and a Boatsafe bilge heater for extra measure. Bubblers in water around boat to keep ice from forming near the hull.
     
  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I never have, but several boats on my canal stay in over the winter. They winterize everything and shrink wrap (with a zipper door) them in the water.
    They come out for a short haul in the spring to wash and paint the bottom, wax the hull and do any other required maintenance.
    I’m seriously considering doing it next year.
     
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  4. tonykdr

    tonykdr Member

    77
    Dec 9, 2015
    Huntington NY
    2003 Meridian 411
    Cummins 5.9 6BTA
    I’m in all winter. I keep a heater in the engine room. Other than that, I stop bye once a week to check on things and dream about warmer weather.
     
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  5. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    868
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    1994 Bluewater bowrider
    Twin 350's, V drives
    This is the first year I'm keeping one in the water. I'll winterize it after this weekend, and I have a bilge heater.
    I'll buy a bubbler if I need to.
     
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  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I leave mine in the water all winter. The only winterizing I do is to drain the fresh water system and blow out all the lines. I have several small heaters throughout the boat including one in the lazarette and a BilgeSafe in the engine room. I open all the cupboard doors and drawers anywhere in the boat where there are fresh water lines to keep cold air from collecting in there.

    I have a Kasco 3/4hp deicer pump that gets hung below the boat if the marina freezes over.

    Greg, FYI the Port won't let you attach anything to the docks. If you hang a deicer pump, hang it from your bow rails.
     
  7. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Something like this? :) None of these are mine, but it's the harbor where we vacation in Friendship, ME.

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  8. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    I stay in the water under covered shed year round. I winterize like normal and put up the cockpit canvas. Our marina is bubbled but I also have an additional one that I can drop in if needed. Our marina does not allow unattended heaters due to a fire many years ago.
     
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  9. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Lazy Nice picture. Guess all this money we spend on winterizing is just "Fake News". I used to keep my boat on Vancouver Island all winter in the water. No winterizing of any system. Had two 100 watt Air Dry heaters in it. After 10 years the ice maker carbon filter cracked. Now I replace it every couple of years.
     
  10. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    868
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    1994 Bluewater bowrider
    Twin 350's, V drives
    Doesn't surprise me Mike.
    This is our marina last year.
     

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  11. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Plug in power, turn off lights & lock the door.... 2017-03-16 18.38.40.jpg
     
  12. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    No surprises if you abide by their rules. My first year there I had a submersible pump and PVC piping that ran around the inside of my slip. The pump brought up warmer water from below (5' down) and it shot out from the holes I drilled in the PVC. Worked great, kept my slip ice free....until the Port saw it and told me I couldn't use it again.

    I bought a 3/4hp Kasco Deicer pump and lower it beneath the boat. If you want to see my setup just give me a shout.

    Here's what my slip looked like after just a few hours of the pump running. This shot was taken the same day your picture was taken.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    Mark is this covered? Heated? Whats your secret?
     
  14. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    I think I may do this next year also. The reason for my question to begin with...
     
  15. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    This is my second year in the water, I winterize all systems install the bilge heater turn one of the ER cameras towards a portable thermometer so I can view it remotely, shrinkwrap and visit 2-3 days a week.( I tell the wife I need to check things but it’s just to see the boat)
     
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  16. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    We are in salt water with a 12' tidal swing... I have had ice (1" thick) on the surface 2-3x in 10+ years. I keep the boat heated to 60 degrees.
     
  17. tonykdr

    tonykdr Member

    77
    Dec 9, 2015
    Huntington NY
    2003 Meridian 411
    Cummins 5.9 6BTA
    Joe, how do you see the ER camera, through the wifi at the marina?
     
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  18. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Tony, yes I run teamviewer through my onboard Comp and sign in to the Comp from anywhere.
     
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  19. marks737

    marks737 Member

    239
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2005 390 Sundancer
    Cummins QSB 5.9
    Boat.jpeg Boat.jpeg Fully winterize, shrink wrap and use an Extreme Heater in Bilge for added peace of mind. Marina provides bubbler system on docks.
     
  20. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    We usually leave ours in... This year she is out... I winterize all the systems, use a bubbler, have it shrink wrapped, and leave the battery charger plugged in... No heater is needed. The only real downside is when a storm hits, like what happened last Feb, and I snapped two lines and broke a whip... I worry less with the boat out of the water...
     

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