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Old 11-16-2007, 04:34 PM
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Hey guys - boat is a '07 Chaparral sig 270 w/496HO and a generator. I'm getting kinda worried. It's down to the wire here due to lack of time - and I've got my boat hooked up to the truck and ready to drop off to the heated winter storage facility tomorrow. Tonight is the first night we may see freezing temps - forecast says 31F as a low. The boat is not winterized yet. My question is should I be worried that one night below freezing will crack my block or cause other damage? I could place some sort of small thermostatically controlled space heater in there overnight, however I'd be afraid to put it in the bilge even with the hatch up for fear of fumes, but could leave the hatch up and heater just near the opening (camper top is up). Any thoughts sooner than later much appreciated!!
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Hey guys - boat is a '07 Chaparral sig 270 w/496HO and a generator. I'm getting kinda worried. It's down to the wire here due to lack of time - and I've got my boat hooked up to the truck and ready to drop off to the heated winter storage facility tomorrow. Tonight is the first night we may see freezing temps - forecast says 31F as a low. The boat is not winterized yet. My question is should I be worried that one night below freezing will crack my block or cause other damage? I could place some sort of small thermostatically controlled space heater in there overnight, however I'd be afraid to put it in the bilge even with the hatch up for fear of fumes, but could leave the hatch up and heater just near the opening (camper top is up). Any thoughts sooner than later much appreciated!!
Doesn't the 496HO have the quick drain system? I would check the manual, you can also drain the block and exhaust, or put a drop light in the bilge.
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Those temps will not hurt it.
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It will be fine with a low of 31*. It would need to be 31* for about 3 days for it to freeze.
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it would take days of freezing weather to freeze your blocks there is about 3 to 4 gallons of water in them it would take a while
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Been there, done that...don't worry about it, just close the hatch so the breeze is not ripping through it. It takes a string of cold weather to freeze a block. I would use the hand pump though and blow out as much as you can for good measure, it only takes a couple of minutes.
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I would never, ever, ever, EVER trust that your heated storage facility won't lose power or its backup generator or anything else. Your boat needs to be winterized. My guess is the storage facility won't cover you and I'd be surprised if your boat's inurer will either.
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Dont worry about it.
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It takes like what 5 minutes to winterize a 496 per Merc with the blow out tool. I'm not mechanical savvy, but I saw a demonstration and it looked pretty easy to me. READ THE MANUEL.
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I would never, ever, ever, EVER trust that your heated storage facility won't lose power or its backup generator or anything else. Your boat needs to be winterized. My guess is the storage facility won't cover you and I'd be surprised if your boat's inurer will either.
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