Nice and Toasty

Discussion in 'Winterizing' started by TN Boatman, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. TN Boatman

    TN Boatman New Member

    23
    Aug 31, 2017
    Maryville, TN
    1998 Sundancer SE
    7.4MPI B3
    After winterizing all systems and feeling pretty good, I thought I would add bilge heater for a little extra comfort. I had not used one of these before and like everything else and being a visual person, I have to see it in action. According to manual, should kick on at 40 degrees and off at 50. I had been to check out the bilge several times with outside air lower than 40 but was never running so obviously getting concerned (although engine is drained and filled with pink stuff). so I had the idea to place a water bottle in compartment and return later to see if frozen and if so, would be my test. Glad to say that yesterday was about 20 degrees and went to inspect, lifted middle engine cover and heard the heater blower and felt the warmth of the bilge compartment. Immediately closed her back up, smiled and cracked a beer :)
     
  2. 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
  3. TN Boatman

    TN Boatman New Member

    23
    Aug 31, 2017
    Maryville, TN
    1998 Sundancer SE
    7.4MPI B3
  4. JimT

    JimT Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    I just came back from checking my boat on LKN. When I tested the bilge heater with freeze spray back in November it worked fine. However, I was getting concerned with water temperature dropping into the mid-40s and the overnight air temps predicted to be 15 or so the next few nights. When I opened up the engine room hatch this afternoon the heater was running like a champ. I will check on it again tomorrow and Saturday. It's supposed to warm up starting Sunday...
     
  5. 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

    going to check on our boat this WE for the same reasons....

    cliff
     
  6. 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
    finally got to the boat this WE and all looked good....the cabin heat was keeping the temp to the set temp of 60* and the bilge heater was keeping the ER around 40*....

    I use a wi-fi camera to monitor the display for remote sensors I have in the cabin and ER.....here is a screen shot...

    the top number is the ER temp and the bottom is the cabin temp....

    cliff

    Screenshot_20180108-090816.jpg
     
  7. TN Boatman

    TN Boatman New Member

    23
    Aug 31, 2017
    Maryville, TN
    1998 Sundancer SE
    7.4MPI B3
    Its a great feeling
    Its a great feeling-
     
  8. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    676
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    I just installed a temp monitor(s) as well which is viewable via web.

    It's pretty neat to know what's going on.
     

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