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Old 04-10-2008, 09:10   #1
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Stern Drives In Winter

I have a boat in liberty landing marina. When I put it in the marina says they have a bubbler in the marina and that the marina has never frozen but never say never. The marina mechanics say that the stern drive hose can freeze and it would potentially sink the boat. I would like to use the boat all season. How save is it to keep it in winter in the marinal?

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Your marina mechanics are right.

Presuming you mean the “Liberty Landing” in Jersey City, NJ, it won’t be safe to leave water in the engine from late November through March, when you can expect freezing temperatures (20's & 30's F).

These temperatures may not freeze the marina, but can certainly freeze water in the hoses and galleries.

* January has an average minimum temperature of 22.70 degrees Fahrenheit.
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I have a boat in liberty landing marina. When I put it in the marina says they have a bubbler in the marina and that the marina has never frozen but never say never. The marina mechanics say that the stern drive hose can freeze and it would potentially sink the boat. I would like to use the boat all season. How save is it to keep it in winter in the marinal?

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I've heard of others who use these...

The Boatsafe - Marine Engine Compartment Heaters

Some research first (ask the guys on your dock who leave their boats in) what they do.
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Look into Block Heaters or Dipstick heaters.....You might want to look into a thermostat switch that turns the heater on at a preset temperature.

The use the for heaters and de-icing units

Check out eBay

Don't put a lightbulb or ceramic heater in the engine compartment
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