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Old 12-07-2011
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Bubb,

I use a small, fanless 70 Watt heater in the (well insulated) engine compartment. I put it next to the prop shaft, not right under the engine. I've heard something about a light bulb in a coffee can, but light bulbs burn out.

In the past I've driven to the boat at 2:00 AM on a bitter cold night, looked at the shore power cord's little red light, and turned around and driven home. So last January I put a webcam on board, aimed at a thermometer. If the webcam works, shore power is still connected. This year I bought an indoor/outdoor wireless digital thermometer for $10 at Ace hardware. The remote will go low in the engine compartment. I also got a little 12v to 5v converter to run the webcam off the house bank. I'll see both temperatures on the webcam, even if shore power is disconnected. Even with shorepower disconnected, I can know what's going on, and calmly plan accordingly.

One idea is to use self-regulating heat tape along all fresh water lines, so I wouldn't have to use any antifreeze for the showers, sinks, etc. It costs us a few hours and $100 in antifreeze to winterize everythibg (4 heads, 5 sinks, 2 pumps, 1 accumulator, 1 water heater, and 1 transom shower). The investment would pay off over time, and I'd still be able to use the sink.

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Brad,
Have you considered a block heater for your engine? That route seems easier than rigging a webcam and thermometer, etc...

Just wondering. Enjoy the winter!

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Fully intend to sail all winter, weather depending. We've had either really crazy winds, or almost nothing recently, trying to get the nice wind days to coincide with the weekends is a little tricky. Warm and dry clothing is definitely the key to an enjoyable winter on the water.
Last winter we sailed a lot, including acting as an icebreaker to get out of the marina on New Year's day
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Have you considered a block heater for your engine? That route seems easier than rigging a webcam and thermometer, etc...

Just wondering. Enjoy the winter!

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Brad,

That's an idea worth checking into. There are seawater hoses upstream from the engine. I wonder if the block heater would keep those hoses from freezing.

Either way, the worry is that somehow the shore power cable gets disconnected, or a marina breaker gets thrown. That's what the webcam is for, to detect those events.

I forgot to add that such an event will trigger an email to me (and others) from the webcam. Here's the plan I'm looking at implementing. The bilge alarm already exists, so I'll tap some current of it to drive a relay and put the needed 5v into the alarm sensor.


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For reference, and your reading enjoyment, here's a thread about last winter's sailing.

Sailing Every Week so far this fall/winter

And a tread on the webcam and heater setup.

Webcam to watch your boat -- Done! And how-to.

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Brad,
Is your cooling system a closed system?

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We're doing the annual La Conner Christmas Boat Parade again this weekend. We've done almost every one since 2003. We're not in it, we're tied up at a town dock watching it go by. This was taken the following day after a previous trip. Looks like we're going to be snow free this year.
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Anyone in S.E. CT or RI sail all year?

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Fresh water (with antifreeze in it) cooled. The fresh water is then cooled with seawater and a heat exchanger.

The engine is a Perkins Sabre 75 HP.

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Brad,

Fresh water (with antifreeze in it) cooled. The fresh water is then cooled with seawater and a heat exchanger.

The engine is a Perkins Sabre 75 HP.

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They make inline coolant heaters of varying sizes that plug into a standard wall socket. I bet one of those would work well for you. Or perhaps a pad heater? Just some food for thought. Enjoy!

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