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MilwaukeeWhaler posted 04-15-2002 07:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler   Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler  
I am heading to Northern Lake Michigan this weekend Pike fishing. It looks as though daytime temps will be in the 40's, dipping to the mid 20's at night. My question to the crew is since I have to keep my boat outside at night what precautions can I take to prevent anything from cracking? Or is one night of cold temps not enough to do any damage. My Montauk will be back in a heated garage on Sunday afternoon. Thanks in advance for your advice.~mw
tabasco posted 04-15-2002 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Cover the engine with a blanket or get one of those cheap styrofoam coolers and put it ove the engine head. It will hold in the heat from the daytime running
Louie Kokinis posted 04-15-2002 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
Don't worry...just make sure the leg is lowered (all the way) so it can drain (we regularly fish in 20 deg weather).

When you launch...make sure the engine is in the water long enough to melt any ice around your impeller. I leave the leg down up to 20 minutes (salt water temp in mid 40's) before starting, and make sure the engine is warm before leaving the dock.


Louie Kokinis posted 04-15-2002 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
PS I'm assuming you have an outboard.
Denny posted 04-15-2002 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Denny  Send Email to Denny     
You may want to pick up a full face shield at Home Depot for $12.00. I found that when running it makes a big difference when making a long run.

The cooler over the engine is a good idea. Good luck.


Arch Autenreith posted 04-15-2002 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Ditto Louie.

I have used mine many times and then have the temps go way below freezing that same night. (I never let it sit in the water the following day to 'thaw' any potential ice in the water pump though. I'll have to think about that.)


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