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This is our first year of owning a boat in TX (Austin).  We've heard varying opinions on whether to winterize our boat or purchase an engine heater to handle the few days a year where the temp drops into the 30's.  Wanted to get peoples thoughts who aren't directly related to the marina or dealer.  The boat will be on a hydrohoist lift in a slip.  Any and all thoughts appreciated.

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13 hours ago, willbaker13 said:

This is our first year of owning a boat in TX (Austin).  We've heard varying opinions on whether to winterize our boat or purchase an engine heater to handle the few days a year where the temp drops into the 30's.  Wanted to get peoples thoughts who aren't directly related to the marina or dealer.  The boat will be on a hydrohoist lift in a slip.  Any and all thoughts appreciated.

Unless you think you might be using it during the winter since TX winters are not as unforgiving as New England ones, I would winterize it.  But that's just me.  I think most of the TX guys on this forum use a bilge heater but I think it's because majority of them are Signatures with more systems to deal with such as generator, water heater etc., plus boats are in slips.  But to me, I would always be thinking about it and if power goes out etc.  A bowrider you really only have the engine, the toilet and the fresh water tank with its faucets.  If you think you're going to use it every once in a while during the winter, then it wouldn't be worth it of course.  Engine is pretty easy to fill up with antifreeze and so is draining the water tank, crapper and lines and putting a little pink stuff in them too, then you can chill for the winter. 

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For a boat sitting on a lift, I would winterize. A few years ago we had a really hard winter in your next of the woods and there were many boats that had to have engines replaced for freezing. In my case the boat sits in the water year round and has less chance of freeze issues. Bilge heater, and cabin heat. I also drain the water systems and antifreeze the waste side.  I also live close and can check on the boat during cold snaps.

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Same as MPM here, but on Lake Texoma.  Like he said, on a lift you have greater chance of freeze than being on the water (water insulates the boat to a small degree).  Simple to drain the block.  No need to fill with antifreeze if you drain properly and have a bilge heater.  Makes it easy to put plugs in and go for a ride in the winter if you wish.

But do whatever you're most comfortable with.  No need to be worrying about it all winter.  I live an hour away from the boat.  Will travel every couple weeks to check on it but more often if significant freezing is expected.

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Thank you everybody.  Appreciate the feedback/thoughts.  My wife keeps saying that we will use the boat in the winter but realistically...

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