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Old    nacidude            03-09-2003, 7:15 AM Reply   
how cold does it have to get to worry about my engine in my vlx i want to store it out side
Old    ctl            03-09-2003, 7:27 AM Reply   
how much would it cost to replace your engine block?

a few hours at or below freezing would concern me.

anyone brave enough to use an engine heater?
Old    indo            03-09-2003, 8:48 AM Reply   
i looked at the engine compartment heaters from west marine and other places put they are about $400. I purchased a small space heater with a thermostat on it and place it in my v-drove compartment with it barely cracked opened. it was about $30 and helps to extend my season
Old    dholio            03-09-2003, 12:03 PM Reply   
it would need to freeze hard for a period of more than 24 hours. If it hits 32, 31 or 30, I wouldn't panic that bad. I would drain it if your concerned. That is your best piece of insurance
Old    renegade            03-09-2003, 5:25 PM Reply   
I live on Long Island and I just winterize my boat and its fine. If its for a long period of time it would make sense but I don't know how long you're storing it for because winterizing takes some work..
Old     (batman)      Join Date: Nov 2001       03-09-2003, 8:45 PM Reply   
Ask your mechanic how to drain the block. You have hose with a quick connect that you undo and point into bottom to drain. You also have a drain on each side of block that you need to open to let water out. It needs to stay below freezing for 2-3 days before it will be a problem. If you have ballast or heater you need to watch for freeze up also. I have a VLX also.
Old     (cyclonecj)      Join Date: Jul 2001       03-09-2003, 9:27 PM Reply   
Shop light.
Old     (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-09-2003, 10:20 PM Reply   
Napa auto parts sells UL rated magnetic block heaters. If I remember right they are $40.

I use my boat all winter. After pulling it out I drain the block and heater (takes minutes). I then put the heater on the side of motor. When I check it, you feel the air under the engine cover is warm. The engine is slightly warm too.

In addition to the block heater, I leave a "Golden Rod" heater in my rear ski locker (the shower is back there) and a dehumidifier in the boat. When I take the cover off, the air is slightly warm and dry.

I use the block heater instead of lights, so I don't have to worry a bulb going out.
Old     (elmog)      Join Date: Nov 2002       03-11-2003, 10:05 AM Reply   
Anything below 32F would make me nervous. Take a look at: and find your city. Any column (month) that has a "0" and you are OK. Other than those months, I would always have it drained. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to drain an engine to prevent a freeze, just a little longer than to cover your boat and you wouldnt leave it outside uncovered would you?
Old     (bob)      Join Date: Feb 2001       03-11-2003, 6:00 PM Reply   
grant ive found that in florida with the humidity the way it is its better to just park it under one of those portable canopys then a cover, rains, moisture in boat, cover traps it in = mold, my buddy was cleaning his seats every couple of weeks till i told him about the canopy and now he just cleans the occasional leaves out of it


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