Skip the electrical
, its nothing but a fire hazard and no help when the power is out. Warm up your engine. Prepare a bucket with a through hull
in the bottom the size of your raw water
hose. Hang the bucket above your engine and remove the hose from the seacock and attach it to the bucket. Fill the bucket with antifreeze
and run it through the engine and spray fogging oil
in the air intake as you shut it down. 3-4 gallons will be enough to flush all the water
out of the engine and exhaust
. Blow out your seacock with compressed air while closing it or close it with a piece of foam rubber stuck through it so it wont crack if you get frozen in solid. Protecting your seacock may be a little overkill in the Chesapeake, but if you are not staying on the boat, I would not take any chances. Also be sure to close any other seacocks as the weight of the snow can push the boat down deep enough to overflow some sinks and drains.