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abalmuth

RO# 13885



Posted - May 06 2019 :  19:22:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On the East coast-- how far south can you spend the winter without full winterizing??
Carver Voyager 530 with Volvo 122's/610HP
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.........

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williamabernathy

RO# 32322

Posted - May 06 2019 :  19:38:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I lived aboard for over two years in Hampton, VA (tip of the Virginia peninsula, near Norfolk), and continue to spend weekends aboard year-round. It gets kinda sporty in January and February, and you must be mindful of keeping the water pipes warm enough, but I got used to it. Sweaters work well.



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pdecat

RO# 842



Posted - May 06 2019 :  19:59:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Every winter is different.

Why would you not go all the way?


Bruce



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abalmuth

RO# 13885



Posted - May 06 2019 :  21:02:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pdecat

Every winter is different.

Why would you not go all the way?

Bruce
It's always an option


Carver Voyager 530 with Volvo 122's/610HP
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.........

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cwms

RO# 7357

Posted - May 06 2019 :  21:05:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's a big if that has to be considered....is the boat in the water or out. As fas as winter freezing temps go, the boat is much safer in the water.


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pdecat

RO# 842



Posted - May 06 2019 :  21:44:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Go where you can enjoy it not just survive

Bruce



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Radioactive

RO# 3238



Posted - May 06 2019 :  21:45:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To be sure, just go to Key West, though "South of I-10" should do it.

Really, it depends on the particular winter...


Bill

"No matter where you go, there you are." -- Buckaroo Bonzai
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boatbum

RO# 36

Posted - May 07 2019 :  06:47:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finding a slip in a desirable place to keep it could be more of a challenge than the weather.


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HOGAN

RO# 3813



Posted - May 07 2019 :  07:57:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recall reading somewhere that Florida has the largest number of insurance claims for frozen engines and pipes.

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PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - May 07 2019 :  08:37:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My suggestion would be to go where the boating is fun and you have things to do so you can enjoy the boat If you really stuck on the icw it will get old. The cost difference between going 700 miles or 1000 miles is minimal.

Pascal
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ccdjoe

RO# 19482



Posted - May 07 2019 :  16:52:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
put a snow shovel on top of your car and drive south until someone asks "what the hell is that?"
and you have your answer.


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Edited by - ccdjoe on May 07 2019 21:33:18

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HOGAN

RO# 3813



Posted - May 07 2019 :  18:40:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It never freezes in Aruba

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mintregila

RO# 13060

Posted - May 08 2019 :  07:50:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just had a pretty good winter here in S FL. Bring it down and you get a nice place to stay in a warm environment conducive to boating. Very few days where long pants are required ;-).

Mark I -
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95 26' Wahoo CC - Sold
03 Blackfin/SaltShaker 29 Combi - Sold
05 290 Amberjack - Sold
90 Viking 38 - Sold
84 Trojan F36 - Sold

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CurrentSea

RO# 10265



Posted - May 08 2019 :  09:49:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My boat came from Lake Norman NC.
The guy never winterized.
Instead he had 2 bilge heaters that were set to go on at 32'.
They do get snow there, but it never lasts.
So it really depends on your prep.


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cwms

RO# 7357

Posted - May 08 2019 :  10:47:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If the boat is in the water, you need at least a couple of days of freezing temps to make more than just skin ice on the water. The engine room is surrounded by 35-40 (or more) degree water.
I once went to check on my boat one night when the temp was under 10. Inside my boat was at least 20 degrees warmer and since the boat was in a covered slip, it wasn't the sun that had kept it warm. It was the water it sat in.



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GeeBee

RO# 385



Posted - May 12 2019 :  12:09:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The key is look at what states do insurance companies have freeze damage waivers. Boat US (Geico) waives for FL, GA and SC. So if you boat does have freeze damage in those states, you are covered. The thing I find is a boat in the water gets a lot of warmth (or lack thereof) from the water. Water temps in my area rarely drop below 45 degrees, even when the air temp is well into the teens which only happens for a few days.



"The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."... Margaret Thatcher

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Chesagansett

RO# 9880



Posted - May 13 2019 :  14:02:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HOGAN

I recall reading somewhere that Florida has the largest number of insurance claims for frozen engines and pipes.



I believe you are thinking of CA. Inland areas of CA lake boating can get quite cold. For FL, northern and central FL can get very brief frosts / freezes. Most too short to bust things. In South FL, frosts and freezes are not an issue.



Glenn
Cape Coral, FL
Four Winns Sundowner 245

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mintregila

RO# 13060

Posted - May 15 2019 :  07:48:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In S FL, we hope for brief freezes to kill the iguanas. Haven't had any cold enough for 5 or so years.

Mark I -
06 Pursuit 3070 OS Exp
95 26' Wahoo CC - Sold
03 Blackfin/SaltShaker 29 Combi - Sold
05 290 Amberjack - Sold
90 Viking 38 - Sold
84 Trojan F36 - Sold

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Captain Dan

RO# 382



Posted - May 15 2019 :  09:43:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last year or the year before, 2 guys that I work with had the blocks of their I/Os crack because they did not drain them. Both were on the trailer. I never drained mine, but with the boat cover on and a 100w bulb in the bilge when it was going to get down in the 20s I was OK.

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BillK

RO# 775



Posted - May 15 2019 :  10:03:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I live in Charlotte NC, and most winters a boat sitting in the water would do fine without winterizing. My previous boat (SeaRay 290) sat in the water, I kept a boat safe heater in the bilge. There is at least one cold snap each winter that could freeze things. Currently my boat is dry stacked in an unheated building - in 5 yrs it's gotten to freezing maybe twice inside the building. I winterize. I think Charleston SC and south a boat in the water is not a worry - except that once every 10yrs winter event that surprises everyone. But don't be fooled, Charleston is not a tropical climate they have seasons and winter can be cold - relatively. You really need to go to south FL to get completely out of the freeze zone. The problem with the south is not that we get these hard freezes, it's that we are not equipped to even handle a moderate freeze. I have heat pumps, and a night in the teens and they can barely keep the house warm at all. Remember just a few winters ago - 2010 I think - there was a point where snow was on the ground in all 50 states.


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