A similar snap-on cover or a heavy-mil plastic garbage bag slipped up over the outdrive and tied at the top will prevent the engine compartment heat from dissipating through the exposed metal. When a freeze is forecast, you can also put your boat back in the water, since water provides greater insulation than air.
How do I keep my inboard boat motor from freezing?
Propylene glycol will lubricate and coat the inside of your engine and hoses to prevent them from any corrosion over the winter. Marine anti-freeze is good for up to -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
How cold does it have to be to freeze a boat engine block?
At what temperature will a boat engine freeze? Unwinterized boat engines can freeze any time the air temperature is below 28°F (-2°C) – for an extended period. Freshwater cooled engines without proper coolant can freeze below 32°F (0°C). The good news is you can prevent freeze damage fairly easily.
Do you need to put antifreeze in an inboard motor?
You should use antifreeze to winterize your boat if you have an inboard engine or any systems with pipes or that carry water. You should also consider using it in your bilge. For outboard motors, you don’t have to use antifreeze. Make sure to use the right type.
At what temperature will an engine block crack?
At what temperature will an engine block crack? 32 degrees is all it takes to freeze water with no additives like alcohol or antifreeze and, if in a confined space (engine block), eventually crack something.
Can I leave my boat outside in the winter?
You can keep boats outside in the winter if you provide adequate protection against harsh weather. But you can’t simply park the boat on your driveway as most people do during the boating season. Leaving your boat outside during the cold season can damage the boat.
What happens if water freezes in engine?
Unlike most liquids, water expands when it freezes. Since an engine block is not flexible, the expansion can actually crack the cast iron or aluminum block of the engine, ruining the engine. The same principle is at work when water pipes freeze in the winter.
How long does it take a boat engine to freeze?
Assuming the boat was in 60 degree or more weather prior to leaving the south, the engine blocks, crank, etc would hold the heat for at least 24 hours. Until the internals reach 30 degrees the water will not freeze solid even if it is pure fresh water.
Do you leave antifreeze in boat engine?
You do NOT want to leave puddles or buckets of engine coolant lying in the open, and it must be handled carefully and disposed of properly. Boat antifreeze is a tasteless and non-toxic blend of propylene glycol and water used for preventing freezing in boat systems.
Can I winterize my boat myself?
For the handy, self-sufficient boat owner, taking care of winterizing yourself is a great way to save money. Ironically, DIY can potentially even save you some time. Winterizing a boat can be done in less than an hour in many cases, less time than you’d spend just driving the vessel to and from the marina or shop.