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I gotta believe that of those 22 valves you cant need more than 4 or 5 to use the boat in winter and the others could be shut and winterized

Whats really needed beyond the motor and a 5 gallon bucket to pee in during the really cold times
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Thanks SD for that clarification.

Tom -- I have all of them closed except for the engine raw water, dripless shaft, and one other one that is stubborn. I didn't antifreeze any of them because it's salt water in them and they are below the water line.

I don't like the smell of antifreeze, but perhaps I should go around and put antifreeze in them?

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Given the depth of this cold snap, I'd dump some antifreeze around them just in case.
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Given the depth of this cold snap, I'd dump some antifreeze around them just in case.
Put antifreeze in them, right?

OK.

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I guess there not all created equal BUT mine have drain plugs you can remove when the valve is closed to get the water out of the ball area
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Back to your little heater, I also have one I use, it has a thermostat and a low setting. Yours looks to be sitting on some carpet, so unless it is asbestos, it might be better to use another surface. Mine is on a large tempered glass cutting board with insulated feet.
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I want the rug to stop the heater from walking, especially over to a wall where it could heat the wood intensely. The fan does not really vibrate the heater, but I feel more comfortable knowing that it will be exactly where I put it.

All -- the heater is now on low. By the way, with it on high, the plug was not hot and the circuit breaker was not hot.

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A silicone trivet mat would do much the same and present far less a fire risk. Just saying...
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I want the rug to stop the heater from walking, especially over to a wall where it could heat the wood intensely. The fan does not really vibrate the heater, but I feel more comfortable knowing that it will be exactly where I put it.

All -- the heater is now on low. By the way, with it on high, the plug was not hot and the circuit breaker was not hot.

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I like everything about this set up except that space heater. Experience has taught me that those little boxes always fail and despite all the safety switches, I think that they are a fire hazard when left unattended. I use one of those thermostat controlled oil filled electric heaters when I will not be in the same room with the heater. Yes they are big and ugly, but have an adjustable thermostat and 3 power settings. I've used one in my cold bathroom for 5 years. If you need a fan to move hot air around, buy a fan. It will be much less susceptible to clogging than the little one in the heater.
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I like everything about this set up except that space heater. Experience has taught me that those little boxes always fail and despite all the safety switches, I think that they are a fire hazard when left unattended. I use one of those thermostat controlled oil filled electric heaters when I will not be in the same room with the heater. Yes they are big and ugly, but have an adjustable thermostat and 3 power settings. I've used one in my cold bathroom for 5 years. If you need a fan to move hot air around, buy a fan. It will be much less susceptible to clogging than the little one in the heater.
An alternative solution. Love it. Thanks.

By the way, Hugo and I checked some of the thru-hulls last night. They were at 34.6 degrees on a very cold night. Seems the ice eater has warm-ish water flowing past the boat.

We did not go sailing -- the fairway was solid ice. 4 inches thick right behind the boat. Guess I need an outside webcam so I know when the next sailing session can be.

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