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Old     (lakepirate)      Join Date: May 2007       12-05-2008, 4:03 PM Reply   
I am getting my Malibu winterized early next week, but in the mean time, it looks like tonight and tonight only, it'll will be outside, COVERED, in 32 degree weather. Is this going to screw up my boat?
Old     (hemihauler)      Join Date: Jan 2006       12-05-2008, 4:13 PM Reply   
put a shop light in the engine bay, but one night should not be an issue.
Old     (canucked)      Join Date: Jun 2007       12-05-2008, 4:14 PM Reply   
No (IMO)
Old     (nick_in_ssp)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-05-2008, 4:22 PM Reply   
Always better to be safe than sorry. Do the shop light deal so there are no worries.
Old     (detonate69)      Join Date: Apr 2001       12-05-2008, 4:24 PM Reply   
Is 32 the Low? If so then no it won't hurt it it should be fine. Your boat would have to be below 32 for several hours to freeze the block and crack anything. IMO.
Old     (cavlxenvy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       12-05-2008, 4:24 PM Reply   
Assuming its on a hoist....Put it in the water. The water will not reach 32 degrees.
Old     (malibuboats4)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-05-2008, 4:39 PM Reply   
dont trust the weather man... put a light in there.
Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-05-2008, 4:53 PM Reply   
Agreed, put the light in there...Put the drain plug in if its on the trailer too, cold air will seep into there...just a little bit, but still...Just keep an eye on outside temps too i'd say..its a friday night..nothing better to do than keep an eye on the temp all night
Old     (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-05-2008, 7:20 PM Reply   
32 no, 22 maybe
Old     (nick_in_ssp)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-05-2008, 7:35 PM Reply   
Do you know how to tell if a Weather Man is lying?

When his lips are moving.
Old     (chqwakeboarder)      Join Date: May 2006       12-05-2008, 10:19 PM Reply   
How much heat will that shop lamp produce?
Old     (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       12-06-2008, 7:02 AM Reply   
I would just pull the drain plugs on the engine and drain it. It is really pretty easy and learning how to do it will save you in the future.

32 for a few hours is nothing to worry about though, especially if you throw a light in there.
Old     (lakepirate)      Join Date: May 2007       12-08-2008, 12:58 PM Reply   
Well I'm kind of freaked out now. Is there an easy way for me to check if any damage occured?
Old     (wake1823)      Join Date: Dec 2005       12-08-2008, 1:27 PM Reply   
stick a bowl of water outside overnite, if it's not frozen solid your fine.

You have nothing to worry about with a low of only 32.
Old     (liveoz)      Join Date: May 2002       12-08-2008, 1:33 PM Reply   
There is no way those temps would have been able to freeze the water in your block.
Old     (wake1823)      Join Date: Dec 2005       12-08-2008, 2:14 PM Reply   
somethgin most peopel don't think about , but only pure water freezes at 32 degrees F. Most lake water is not pure, lol. All the crap in that water lowers the freezing temp.
Old     (timmy)      Join Date: Jul 2001       12-08-2008, 2:27 PM Reply   
learn how to pull the plugs and loosen the appropriate hoses to drain the water. It takes 15 minutes if you are leisurely and then you won't have to worry anymore.

Another option is to get a magnetic oil pan heater from a farm supply store and leave it plugged in. Same concept as putting a drop light in, but probably more effective and safer.
Old     (yosquire)      Join Date: Jun 2005       12-08-2008, 2:29 PM Reply   
More than once around here the weather man has said "low of 32" and it dips to 16.

Why take the risk?

If you search the archives, Mikeski did a great write up on some temperature datalogging that he did. He basically showed the delta difference between outside and engine compartment temps. So, his answer (above) is based in data.
Old     (tuneman)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-08-2008, 2:41 PM Reply   
To keep your baby warm, ya gotta snuggle with her.
Old     (showtime)      Join Date: Nov 2005       12-08-2008, 2:47 PM Reply   
temps would have to be in the 20's for a couple days atleast to freeze the water in the block... It takes 2 or more days to freeze a bottle of water outside....
Old     (chqwakeboarder)      Join Date: May 2006       12-08-2008, 6:23 PM Reply   
Here's the link to Mikeski's data
Old     (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-08-2008, 6:47 PM Reply   
quick rule of thumb...

If there is ice on the puddles start thinking about the shop lamp.

Ice on the car windshield only - no worries.
Old     (bmh2208)      Join Date: Apr 2004       12-09-2008, 7:52 AM Reply   
You should be okay. I live a little north of Houston and have not winterized for 2 years and never had a problem.

One note though, go ahead and empty the fresh water intake strainer bowl. I made the mistake of not doing that last year and the plastic cracked. The first outing the next year, I was chasing cooling problems for hours before I realized I was sucking in air from the crack. Other than that one piece you should be okay.
Old     (hawk22)      Join Date: Jul 2006       12-11-2008, 5:49 PM Reply   
Hey, so I didn't want to start my own post for winterizing so thought I would just piggy back here. I changed the oil, fogged the engine, and I've drained 2 plugs from the engine and 2 plugs from the exhaust manifolds. Do I need to drain any hoses? and should I remove batteries, amps, or tower speakers? I live in WA. It will be under a carport. thanks
Old     (liveoz)      Join Date: May 2002       12-12-2008, 10:40 AM Reply   
You should drain a coulple of the hoses that allow water to pool. Also get a compressor and blow water out of the heater core if you have one. You should also pull two plugs from the vdrive if you have a vdrive. If you have ballast tanks, it can't hurt to get a wet vac and suck out the excess water from the tanks as well. You also would want to add stabil to your fuel, but if you already fogged and drained, it is too late to do that.
Old     (hawk22)      Join Date: Jul 2006       12-12-2008, 12:38 PM Reply   
I filled up the gas and added stabil before I did the fog and drain. I think I need to drain the water pump hose still, but hopefully that'll be good enough...supposed to hit 10 degrees monday


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