Freezing in may

Discussion in 'Winterizing' started by Strecker25, May 2, 2017.

  1. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Member SILVER Sponsor

    987
    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Well this sucks, Thursday evening forecast in Rochester NY has us with predicted PM ice and a low of 23*. Being a few days away they don't have the hourly yet, but I have to assume it will be 3-5 hours at that temp and carry into the morning. The water the boat is sitting in is right around 48-52*, should we start to be concerned with low 20's? I'm not only thinking about motors and genset here, but even the fresh water systems. Last time this happened I went down at around 10PM and ran the engines up to temp to get some heat in there and ran the cabin heat to get that up to 60 or so, but the lows were only high 20's, not into the low 20's. I doubt we'd get much freezing in it overnight but I don't want to risk it
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Active 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 also doubt that one night of low temps like that would do any damage, but why risk it. I'm with you: Install the heaters and make sure your baby stays warm
     
  3. In Two Deep

    In Two Deep Member

    203
    Aug 23, 2007
    Long Island Sound
    2001 340 Sundance
    8.1 Mercruiser
    Sounds like a good excuse to spend the night onboard
     
  4. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Member SILVER Sponsor

    987
    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Good point, I could use an extra night on board this week anyways.
     
  5. In Two Deep

    In Two Deep Member

    203
    Aug 23, 2007
    Long Island Sound
    2001 340 Sundance
    8.1 Mercruiser
    Enjoy! Nothing like riding out the weather on board!
     
  6. sfergson727

    sfergson727 Administrator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 12, 2007
    Washington Park Marina, Michigan City
    '07 340 DA, E97, A75, VV4, Soft Top
    '12 Boston Whaler 15 Montauk
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives, Mercury 60 HP Bigfoot
    I understand the concern, but the water you are in will keep you protected. It will keep the air above warmer than what is on land. However, still a good reason to spend the night on the boat, just because.

    Now if you were on land, that is a different story altogether.
     
  7. JimT

    JimT Active Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    We stay in the water year round and temps go into the 20's many times. As long as the lake water stays in the 40's all will be fine.
     
  8. quality time

    quality time Active Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    24 degrees for 24 hours is the rule I've always used.
     
  9. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Spend the night on board, run the heat, run the hot water, run the engines and have a few cold ones and you will be fine and have a good time in the process.
     

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