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Old 03-24-2011, 10:58 AM
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Default When is it safe to get a boat out of winter storage?

This is my first winter with a boat. I have been storing my boat over the winter in underground storage, it cost about $55/month. The billing month will be up on April 4th; I'd like to get it out of storage by then so that I can do some prep work to have it completely ready to go well in advance of the season (I live in Pennsylvania).

However, I don't have anywhere to store my boat that is heated; it would be in my driveway. Of course water freezes at 32 degrees F, but what is the lowest temperatures that I should be concerned with regarding my boat? Since it was stored at 60 degrees all year, there was no winterization other than Sta-bil added to the fuel.
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u should b alright not going to stay below 32 for any length of time
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As long as it gets above freezing during the day, it should be OK? I'll at least wait until the last minute; it seems like we're going to have lows down to 19 degrees over the next couple nights.

Also, my boat has a Mercruiser Alpha 1 Gen II I/O. Are the components that can freeze all in the engine part, or is the transom at risk too? I could always leave a small space heater in the engine compartment set to 40 degrees or so.
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This is my first winter with a boat. I have been storing my boat over the winter in underground storage, it cost about $55/month. The billing month will be up on April 4th; I'd like to get it out of storage by then so that I can do some prep work to have it completely ready to go well in advance of the season (I live in Pennsylvania).

However, I don't have anywhere to store my boat that is heated; it would be in my driveway. Of course water freezes at 32 degrees F, but what is the lowest temperatures that I should be concerned with regarding my boat? Since it was stored at 60 degrees all year, there was no winterization other than Sta-bil added to the fuel.
Where do you live? What kind of water is in your boat and in what? Salt water? fresh water? A little in the bilge?
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I live in Western PA. My boat is only used in fresh water (rivers). Nothing in the bilge.
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Mddittman, Where in PA did you find underground storage? That is a great idea and sounds really cheap.
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Mddittman, Where in PA did you find underground storage? That is a great idea and sounds really cheap.
There are underground limestone mines around here that specialize in storage like this. The one I am using is about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh; there is another near New Castle.

It's even cheaper if you don't get climate controlled areas, but the humidity is terrible and your boat will get mildewed.
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