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Old 11-08-2017, 06:58 PM   #1
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Is Winterizing For The Madisonville Area Needed

This year we plan on keeping LUNASEA on the north shore for the winter, is there anything special that needs to be done. Knowing that it sometimes gets much colder than in Houma how should I prepare. I am planning on leaving 3-4 heaters on, one in engine room, one in head, one in bilge storage and one in main cabin. What else do I need to do?
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:30 PM   #2
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This year we plan on keeping LUNASEA on the north shore for the winter, is there anything special that needs to be done. Knowing that it sometimes gets much colder than in Houma how should I prepare. I am planning on leaving 3-4 heaters on, one in engine room, one in head, one in bilge storage and one in main cabin. What else do I need to do?
Keep your power bill paid up.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:37 PM   #3
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Do you get freezing weather?
Does it last for several days to a week or more?
Do you get to the boat regularily?


If not then maybe a proper winterizing should be done.
Your weather will be milder than mine.
Even so if the answers to my questions above are not great then protect yourself as a power outage could cost you far more than the savings in time, effort and materials if a hard freeze happens along with a power outage.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:17 PM   #4
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When we kept our boat on Galveston Bay, we didn't do anything in the winter. Madisonville probably has near the same climate.

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Old 11-08-2017, 08:53 PM   #5
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Mr. k. I agree with Mr. Cl. If there is ANY, even remote, chance of a hard freeze, spent the time and little $$ to properly winterize.
We were in NC for a time and did NOT expect a prolonged freeze BUT one year, an improper blow out of the water lines, by me, generated a burst cold water line. Could have been a lot worse...Just sayin'
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:59 PM   #6
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We never did anything in Seabrook, between Houston and Galveston. The temperature occasionally dipped below freezing for a few hours, but never long enough to be a risk. But, we did live close enough to the boat to be able to do something if we had bizarre weather.
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:34 AM   #7
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I don't do anything here except for a hard freeze put on a space heater in the engine compartment, leaving the hatch up to the saloon open so some heat gets up there. Madisonville on the North shore gets colder I'd check with some of the local boaters over there. Space heaters are a big amp draw be sure your power cords and inlets are in good shape.
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Old 11-11-2017, 11:27 PM   #8
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I had a boat in Municipal Harbor in New Orleans for 10 years and never did winterize. In fact it was my favorite sailing season and I often took the boat out. I don't remember anybody in the harbor ever doing anything special. Come to think of it, my boat spent all last winter with me living aboard in the Industrial Canal and this year am in Long Beach MS. As a live aboard there is enough warmth on the boat not to worry.
At this latitude I have never seen the harbor water come close to freezing. Usually in the high 30's or low 40's in dead of winter. When ambient water temp is well above freezing it keeps the air in the engine room about the same as water temp no matter the outside air temp.
I think the only thing at risk of freezing is the dock hose and even that would be very rare.
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Old 11-12-2017, 02:48 AM   #9
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How far away from the boat will you be ?
There are devices that you can turn on and off with a cell phone, so you could have a heater ready to go if necessary, but not be paying for it 24/7 if you didn't need it.

Also...I wasn't sure from your post...will you be in the water or out ?
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:38 AM   #10
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