A huge thanks to Dave Bortner, Bruce Bildsten and Mark Setterholm for reporting in the the minus-ville. The land O Frozen Lakes. Take it away gents!
Winter-Eyes – Dave Bortner at Freedom Boat Service
Whether is a well digger, a brass monkey, or a practitioner of Wiccan, all the anatomical hyperbole fails in Minnesota today. -25 still air, and -50 or so wind chill creates “moon scape”, and packs the snow with permanent white caps.
I must confess a tiny bit of anxiety creeps in when it’s -25 in the morning. Can’t help but wonder if we could have possibly gotten a bad batch of anti-freeze. Well, if we did, it’s done now!
We strongly prefer cold storage for wood boats, as they dehydrate and re-hydrate naturally with the environment. Any heated storage takes moisture out of the air, and unless you humidify to 50%, boats will dry out more than they would naturally.
Therefore, winterizing all boats sleeping with us for the winter is a necessity. I imagine this will create some controversy, but we strongly prefer running anti-freeze through each engine in the fall. We take particular care to measure both the temperature of the anti-freeze, to make sure thermostats open, and the freeze point (at least -63).
I know some of you prefer draining the engine, but there’s always a risk of missing a drain plug, or a low point in the cooling system, or even forgetting to address your Chris-Craft six-cylinder copper exhaust pipe which holds water below the engine and the waterline.
We’re reminded, today, why we recommend winterizing your boat even if you store it in a heated space. Our local natural gas utility is asking all their customers to keep their thermostats at 60, and avoid using any appliances that consume gas, like water heaters. Why? They’re trying to avoid gas outages that result from extreme cold temperatures, low gas line pressure, and massive consumption. You never know when you may lose heat in your heated space.
I was curious today, with still air temp -25 and wind chill -50, how cold our cold storage is, and how cold the boats are. As you can see from the photo, engine block temp of only -8!
Not so bad, I’ll probably be able to sleep tonight!
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