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Old    murph (smuurph84)      Join Date: Oct 2008       01-03-2010, 7:11 AM Reply   
I keep my boat in the garage, but we are having a pretty bad cold spell here in ATL its about 18 degrees outside now. my garage is attached to my house and is probably a little below freezing "maybe" should I be worried? I have never winterized my boat, and thought about running my space heater in there at night just to be safe but I didn't do it last night.
Old    Hammer (97sunsetter)      Join Date: Nov 2006       01-03-2010, 7:57 AM Reply   
Couldn't hurt. I'd rather be safe than sorry. You dont even need a space heater, a simple work light that produces a little heat would be fine.
Old    Michael Hunter (mhunter)      Join Date: Mar 2008       01-03-2010, 8:12 AM Reply   
Just drain the water and rest easy. It only takes 15 mins. You southern guys have this problem here in the north winterizing is a way of life.
Old    SS (illini88)      Join Date: Oct 2007       01-03-2010, 8:26 AM Reply   
If it's 18, I'd drain. It looks like this weather will last about a week. Just for a test, put a bowl of water in your garage and see if it freezes.
Old    Todd (antoddio)      Join Date: Dec 2006       01-03-2010, 10:28 AM Reply   
It will take you three hours to figure out how to drain it for the first time and you still might screw it up. Just put a thermometer out there and the heater. Won't take a whole lot to keep it above 32.
Old     (1boarder_kevin)      Join Date: Mar 2007       01-03-2010, 11:31 AM Reply   
it was 20 this morning and my attached garage where the boat is was still in the 40s. It takes a lot to cool a garage attached to the house and then it takes a couple of days below freezing to do damage. I would guess it would need to be in the 20s for a few days. The block is a big chunk of metal basically wrapped in insulation (seats, fiberglass, etc).

With all of that said, I still winterized the block (before I had closed cooling). I can't bet that against a cracked block. You can't count on heaters because you may loose power as well. Realistically I think you will be fine but you never know when you will get caught in the future.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-03-2010, 1:13 PM Reply   
I'd be worried about it. Drain it. Use a shop vac &/or compressed air to drain everything from all the hoses.

My garage is insulated so it rarely gets down into the 30s. But my neighbors garage is not insulated & attached to the house & will only be maybe 10 degrees warmer than it is outside.
Old    gangstar (joe_crawley)      Join Date: Jan 2007       01-03-2010, 4:38 PM Reply   
Bill's right, I'd be worried about it too. If it has been freezing in there you have problems if that thing isn't drained.
Old    Mikeski (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       01-04-2010, 10:59 PM Reply   
You guys are playing a big guessing game. Here in Northern California the nightime lows often drop down into the teens but daytime highs usually rise up into the 40's so the average is typically over freezing. Based on this I rarely worry about my boat freezing.

I have access to data recorders at work, one or two may even be on permanent loan to me. I have measured my motor compartment temperatures on a few occasions so I am comfortable with my boat outside being without being winterized.

There are several varieties of inexpensive temperature loggers used in the refrigerated trucking industry (not my industry). You might want to spend a few bucks, grab some temperature recorders and run some tests to determine what kind of temperatures your motor compartment is seeing. There are too many variables for any of us to say that your boat is save when average temperatures are down in the teens without looking at the data.

Here are some images to give you the idea.
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Old    Sparky Jay (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       01-04-2010, 11:11 PM Reply   
I use one of these right next to my engine. Thermostaticly controlled. As long as the power doesent go out...
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