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Old    Bret Cole (Bret)      Join Date: Nov 2013       02-19-2014, 9:04 PM Reply   
So I just got my boat back from getting reupholstered and it looked dirty so we thought that maybe the upholstery dude left the boat outside so what i would like to know is would 2 days with a low of 30 freeze an engine block my engine is 2004 330hp Mercury Black Scorpion.

Plus the rest of the days he had it it did not go lower than 33
Old    D H (dhcomp1)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-19-2014, 9:06 PM Reply   
probably not.
Old    Bret Cole (Bret)      Join Date: Nov 2013       02-19-2014, 11:26 PM Reply   
the boat was in Fresno and the day time temperatures for both those days where 57 and 61
Old    Scott (scottb7)      Join Date: Oct 2012       02-20-2014, 4:45 AM Reply   
Nope.
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       02-20-2014, 5:52 AM Reply   
No it takes about three days in the high 20's to cold soak the block.. and that's with day temps not much above freezing... Your good..
Old    Bret Cole (Bret)      Join Date: Nov 2013       02-20-2014, 8:09 AM Reply   
could anything else have frozen and cracked in the engine.
Old    Duffy Mahoney (duffymahoney)      Join Date: Sep 2008       02-20-2014, 8:12 AM Reply   
Have him put a small heater in the boat. I leave one on all winter long.
Old    Chris (cjh1669)      Join Date: Apr 2005       02-20-2014, 8:40 AM Reply   
If you have a heater and it's not a closed system then that's the most likely thing to freeze. The heater core tends to be up and exposed to the elements and they freeze much quicker than the engines do.
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       02-20-2014, 8:55 AM Reply   
^^ true... But 30 wont do it.. leave a cup of water outside and see if it freezes solid..
Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       02-20-2014, 9:27 AM Reply   
Hook up a hose run it check it sposed to be 70 this weekend so it's time to springerize your boat.
Old    Eric Scott (phillywakeboarder)      Join Date: Sep 2008       02-20-2014, 10:15 AM Reply   
No way. Don't give it another thought.
Old    Tyler Conley (TC_Mastercraf_X5)      Join Date: Feb 2013       02-20-2014, 10:40 AM Reply   
My mechanic said 30s arent to bad, but you really have to worry when it gets to low 20s. I had the same scare this fall as MN got cold real quick!
Old     (WheelerWake)      Join Date: Mar 2013       02-20-2014, 3:52 PM Reply   
Even if it did freeze (unlikely), the volume of the water is still pretty close to what it is at 32f. In order to do damage, it would have to get colder to make the volume go up. google water vs temp graphs.
Old    Bret Cole (Bret)      Join Date: Nov 2013       02-21-2014, 5:44 PM Reply   
the 2 days that i'm talking about when the low was 30 was December 13th and 14th
Old    Mase (superair502)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-22-2014, 12:00 AM Reply   
Nope... Takes a hard 2 days under 32
Old    Jason C (TundraA22)      Join Date: Jan 2014       02-22-2014, 3:10 AM Reply   
Sooo...Is there something wrong with the boat or are you just worried something is wrong?
Old     (Bakes)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-22-2014, 5:26 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by WheelerWake View Post
Even if it did freeze (unlikely), the volume of the water is still pretty close to what it is at 32f. In order to do damage, it would have to get colder to make the volume go up. google water vs temp graphs.



I would not be too concerned. But I would be unconcerned based on the fact that it takes a large chunk of metal encased in fiberglass a while to drop below 32 degrees rather than a slightly less than accurate opinion that 31 degree ice will not crack a block.

On a separate note, even if you did not bother to winterized why didn't you at least pull the drain plugs? That takes about 2 minutes and will get rid of a lot of use water. Not as complete as running RV antifreeze through a fake a lake but still gives you a little wiggle room
Old    Bret Cole (Bret)      Join Date: Nov 2013       02-22-2014, 8:39 AM Reply   
i'm just worried
Old    Delta Force (wakebordr11)      Join Date: May 2001       02-23-2014, 8:06 PM Reply   
Quote:
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i'm just worried
Did you go drain the block yet? Or are you still worried? You're fine

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