Still confused over a winter strategy

Discussion in 'Winterizing' started by Mark Tindal, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Agree, I understand the cost but the risk is expensive too.

    MM
     
  2. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I must have misread the original post. He said green house and for some reason i read aquarium. Or maybe it said aquarium originally?
     
  3. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    I was just agreeing with you he should get a bilge heater.

    MM
     
  4. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Twin 7.4l
  5. R-and-R

    R-and-R Member SILVER Sponsor

    55
    May 9, 2018
    2002 340 Sundancer
    8.1S Mercruiser
    Plus one on the Twin Hornet, it's worked great so far on my 340 DA.

    I also got this system to monitor temperature and send alerts to my phone if it drops below my selected limit.
    http://www.sensorpush.com
     
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  6. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Bilge heater is the way to go.
    Look at the owner manual for the cabin heater from this link. First paragraph says it arcs and sparks and is not safe anywhere there are combustible fumes.
     
  7. 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
    Funny...the OP hasn't been back in two weeks but this thread lives.
     
  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    We have a way of doing that. I love how our group wants to flesh things out even if the PO is not involved. These threads live forever online and others look to them for answers. This is an awesome group.

    MM
     
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  9. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Probably more confused now than ever and can't find his way back.
     
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  10. Captainscall

    Captainscall New Member

    19
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    This is my first year staying in the water with a 300 Sundancer in Missouri. The weather kept staying nice so I kept delaying winterizing. We were enjoying winter boating so much I installed engine room and cabin heaters. Best thing I have ever done! We are enjoying year round boating!! I live 4 hours away and monitor the boat with WiFi cameras. I have several neighbors that know how to start my generator in case of a winter power loss. If I did not have my neighbors or WiFi camera I would be a lot more scared to leave the boat with the heaters on!
     
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  11. marks737

    marks737 Member

    243
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2005 390 Sundancer
    Cummins QSB 5.9
    I've been using an "Xtreme heater" for two years now in my engine compartment. Well the worth the $450 investment. My boat stays in the water winterized, shrink wrapped with a bubbler system. The Xtreme heater keeps my engine room at a pretty constant 45 deg. no matter what the outside temp is. Gives me great peace of mind and an extra level of assurance. I also use a "Temp Stick" to wirelessly monitor the temperature in the engine room with an app on my phone. Very cool stuff.
     
  12. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
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    What is the lowest temp you have seen in your ER on the coldest day you experienced? I'm guessing low 40s.
     
  13. marks737

    marks737 Member

    243
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2005 390 Sundancer
    Cummins QSB 5.9
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    I don't think it's ever gotten below 40 deg.
     

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