Lake Norman - When is it safe to "spalsh" the boat?

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  1. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    Hi all,

    I am coming up on my first full year of boat ownership and this is the first year I've had a boat winterized. I was actually thinking about dropping in last weekend (looking at the forecast it looks like we probably won't get much more cold weather), but I've decided to detail the boat first (which apparently is an insanely complicated topic with zillions of product options from what I've read on this board :))

    For those of you who winterize (if you are out there) when do you usually feel it's "safe" to drop in each year?
     
  2. Strypes

    Strypes Member

    721
    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    Which last weekend?

    Weather permitting, we launch April 1st in Lake Erie.
     
  3. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    Last weekend - like 2/11/2017 :)

    I bought the boat in mid-March last year and dropped it in the first day I owned it.
     
  4. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    You are in dry storage? I wait until March 1st or 15th depending on weather. But the way this winter has been you could probably go now.
     
  5. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    If you are in dry storage or on a lift I would wait a few more weeks. If you keep the boat in the water you should be fine putting it in now. Water temp is 57.
     
  6. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    I'm in dry storage.... sounds like I'll wait a few more weeks. That's ok, I've got a new sound system to install and a full detail job to do :)
     
  7. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    We will still get freezing weather in Charlotte thru mid-march so don't drop it in unless you can be sure the boat won't get exposed to those conditions.
     
  8. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    909
    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    While you're at it, install a bilge heater and never ask the question again!!!
     
  9. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    I'm dry stacked in a fully enclosed building so it would have to get pretty cold for quite some time to freeze the water in the block (like no go above freezing for a few days). That being said, I appreciate the advice and will keep an eye on the extended forecast in early March before I drop in... better safe than sorry :)
     
  10. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    596
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
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    Round here, mid march before I stop worrying about freezing. You can also learn to drain the drive train yourself. We boat year round and can do it right on the ramp in about 15 minutes.
     
  11. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    Yeah I should probably find the plugs and figure out how to pull them (I actually bought my boat from a guy who kept it at the dry stack place next to T Bones on Lake Wylie).

    Not that I want to take too many chances - but it would have to get pretty abnormally cold for several days straight to crack a block in March in the Charlotte area. (Especially for someone who dry stacks in a fully enclosed building like I do)

     
  12. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    When I dry stored my boats at Lake Wylie Marina, I usually splashed in early March as well.
     
  13. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    if you were to splash now and a really cold night came up just leave the boat in the water that night....the lake water temp will keep the engine room temp above freezing.......that is why cruisers in our area that stay in the water full time don't have to winterize.......

    cliff
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2017
  14. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    A hard freeze in March is possible, I've never had a problem after March 1st, but have pulled the plugs and drained things after an early spring weekend - remember some of our biggest snows have been in March. As far as the dry storage, in the past I was outside but covered and definitely had to winterize. Now I am inside fully enclosed but not heated - according to the thermometer I leave in the boat, 38deg is the coldest it has gotten in the building this winter. I still winterize it, but probably not necessary, but there are other benefits since I really am not using the boat late Nov-Mar. Granted a pretty mild winter. A good rule of thumb is it takes 3 cycles of a low below 25deg and a high not above 45deg before things freeze and start breaking -- not necessarily something I want to test. As nice has it is going to be this weekend, I am going to fight the urge and wait until at least the first weekend in March.

    LKN, where are you?

    Plus, my wife still remembers all the things I said I would do around the house "this winter".
     
  15. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    That's not a bad idea - we have 4-5 slips dry stack boaters can use at the marina (first come/first served) and they are always empty this time of year.

     
  16. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    LOL - I have to finish my last winter project (a closet remodel) this afternoon and my I'm just about done with that winter project list :).

    I dry stack at Skippers up in Troutman (I live in Mooresville like 5 minutes south of there right off Perth rd). They have 2 dry stack structures and I'm in the one that's an actual building (the other has some kind of fabric looking roof in the middle between the racks.

     
  17. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    I think I'm splashing tomorrow (I may pull the plugs when I come back to finish up spring detailing on Saturday as some of you suggested)... this weather is just too nice. Time for our first of many trips to the blue parrot :)
     
  18. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    not sure of the winter schedule for those 3 restaurants at the 150 bridge.....are they open during the winter?

    cliff
     
  19. LKN

    LKN New Member

    65
    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    The Blue Parrot opened last weekend (they usually open March 1st, but they opened early this year since the weather is so nice)
     
  20. LKN300

    LKN300 New Member

    2
    Feb 27, 2015
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 Sundancer 300 with twin 350 Mag's
    350 Mag's
    I owned the 2002 240 SD on LKN for 10 years a aweso,e boat for LKN! You are good to dewinterize come this next weekend. I plan too. As you see with this pas weekend weather late Feb and early March can still get sub freezing temps but with daytime highs you should be good.
     

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