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Anybody ever leave a small heater in there boat to melt snow?

Old 10-18-2011, 07:05 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Ended up not putting a heater in, why chance it. Figure I will brush off the snow like I do every year.
I have had no problems with a tarp over the years, plus its in the drive so I can keep a eye on it if it was to collapse.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:06 PM
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Go to a pet store and buy 2 or 3 reptile heaters. They are a piece of ceramic that screws into a heat protected ceramic light socket. I used one on my boat with a lamp timer for numerous years. No open heat element! I bought 3 one between the engines and one on the outside of each engine. During the cold winter I went under the cover and the manifolds were actually warm...
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:07 PM
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Shrink wrap with a steep pitch is the only way to go and it keeps the animals out also. I have seen many crushed windshields from homemade frames and tarps collapsing, why take a chance.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:02 PM
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mine is stored inside a shed, I keep a small oil filled heater (looks like an old radiator), set to its lowest setting in the bilge with all the vents plugged. I monitored close for the first year, now I keep a cheap remote thermometer set so I can see the temp without opening the hatch. it stays between 40-50 degrees with a windswept below zero West Michigan day! I figure it saves the heat/cold cycles and cuts down on condensation.

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Old 10-19-2011, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by 4bus View Post
Why not just have the boat wrapped? The snow will just slide off.

If your make shift cover is collasped by snow you will have a trashed interior come spring. Not to mention the shrink wrap provides a water tight seal, with a bucket of stay dri in the cuddy you will eliminate all moisture issues.

I have a friend that purchased a 388 slingshot that was left un wrapped for one winter. The cuddy still smells of mold, all wood backs of the cockpit areas have rotted. The headliner fell due to the high moisture. And the white floor of the cockpit turned yellow under the 8 months of sun and cold.

For $10 a foot have it wrapped and save your boat

All my boats have been shrink wrapped and not a single issue with these sh!tty CT winters. I install a door and climb in once in a while to look around and also leave the engine hatch open enough to get in and poke around if I had to. The stuff is so slippery just a couple of whacks with a broom will knock off the snow. If the boat is the same temperature as the air then there's no chance of condensation. Introducing warm air will spell doom if the humidity is higher.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:10 AM
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:41 AM
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Shrink wrapped my cruiser just last week. Let'r snow!

Not sure a heater will be enough to melt snow, where as the wrap will. Just gotta vent it well
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