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Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       12-29-2007, 8:48 AM Reply   
So the weather for next Wednesday in Orlando is calling for a low temp of 31 degrees. I'm a little upset that its going to get that cold. This is my first winter in Orlando and wondering if people will drain their blocks and manifolds just for one night where it could hi 31 degrees and then it will be in the 70s the next day?

I know it takes 2 seconds to drain everything but im lazy! (My profile age gives away why Im lazy)
Old     (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       12-29-2007, 9:33 AM Reply   
You should just put a trouble light in the engine compartment for the night and go see Sea World while there are no crowds.

Gotta run, I need to put a light coat of water on the rink out back while its light, and my son wants to go skating again in an hour.
Old     (robertr720)      Join Date: Aug 2007       12-29-2007, 9:58 AM Reply   
Yeah I would say that you don't have much to worry about if it is only gonna get to 31 then it won't be cold for a long enough period of time to do anything but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Takes arts advice although if you are gonna take the time to do that then you can just drain in about the same amount of time if you are familiar with doing so.
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       12-29-2007, 10:11 AM Reply   
I would put in a trouble light but its at a storage place without electrical outlets.

Ill just drain the block like a man
Old     (robertr720)      Join Date: Aug 2007       12-29-2007, 10:21 AM Reply   
good call
Old     (liveoz)      Join Date: May 2002       12-29-2007, 5:36 PM Reply   

31 outside is not going to hurt your boat. The water in your block will not come close to freezing. And if 31 is the low, you will probably have less than hour below freezing, I would not worry about it unless you have temps below in the low 30's for more than 8 hours continuously.
Old     (otown_dave)      Join Date: Dec 2007       12-29-2007, 7:30 PM Reply   
It won't be cold long enough to hurt anything. Now if they ever say a hard freeze warning for Orlando then That's when you start loosing water pipes ,shrubs & outdoor plants.
Old     (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-31-2007, 9:41 AM Reply   
I heard of draining the snake but what does draining the block mean? Must be a Northern term.
Old     (otown_dave)      Join Date: Dec 2007       01-01-2008, 7:31 AM Reply   
Well they are saying 26 for Wed night, You might drain...
Old     (ord27)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-01-2008, 8:22 AM Reply   
or just pump some antifreeze through it using a water hose adapter/fake a lake
Old     (retrofridge)      Join Date: May 2005       01-01-2008, 7:19 PM Reply   
For those in this situation and your boat hangs on a lift.(not recommended for a hard freeze) Lower your boat in the water and let it float for the night
Old     (wakeboardin2k4)      Join Date: Sep 2006       01-01-2008, 8:30 PM Reply   
cliff- it takes 7 gallons of antifreeze to cycle it through my boats engine. And for only one night ill just drain it.


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