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Fishing in boat during freeze up

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Every year I ask myself why I anxiously wait for first ice so I can start ice fishing, when instead I could have just kept fishing out of my boat (w/ ouitboard).  Seems like that early crappies should  bite just as well on open water as first ice.

i don't have a heated garage, but have never drained a boat to winterize it in the past.  And I've owned outboards for 25 years.

is there anything I need to worry about if I fish during the day, put the boat in the ingested garage and it freezes overnight?  Seems that there has to be some water left in the engine as part of the cooling system...or does the completely drain on the drive home?

this would most likely be in the late October to mid-November timeframe.

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Barbelboy

I usually fish well into November. At the landing I lower the motor all the way and let as much water drain out as possible. Trailer it home, then lower it again and let the last bit drain out of the lower unit. That should get the vast majority of it out. I then use a pair of the ear muffs to run a little antifreeze in there. Probably over kill, but I have never had a problem. Before I hit the lake again I use the muffs to run some water back in and flush the lower unit so no antifreeze gets into the lake.

Don't forget your live well. Some water will sit in there as well as the drain pipe. I always hit that up with a little antifreeze as well.

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Cheers

a mechanic told me that outboards are self draining so all is needed is o tip the unit down and let it drain

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Jim Almquist

The only thing that I would add is to be sure if it is pretty cold out while you are fishing, is to warm the motor up before you put it on the trailer so nothing has ice build up, so all of the water drains out properly.

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gimruis

Good advice here.  Remember, water expands when it freezes so if there's water in the lower unit, livewell, etc and you get a good freeze there could be some damage.  Best to make sure everything is fully dried to avoid any potential damage.

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delcecchi

Guys fish the Mississippi, like at Redwing, all winter long.   I have never heard of anyone having issues with outboard or boat from the freezing.   

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On ‎10‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 8:38 AM, delcecchi said:

Guys fish the Mississippi, like at Redwing, all winter long.   I have never heard of anyone having issues with outboard or boat from the freezing.   

Yes, but they don't park their boats outside all winter too.  That would ruin so many things really quick.

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12 hours ago, gimruis said:

Yes, but they don't park their boats outside all winter too.  That would ruin so many things really quick.

What???? Lots of boats are parked outside all winter. Mine is inside, but in an unheated storage building. Never a problem. As long as the lower unit doesn't leak and everything is drained, all is well.

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delcecchi

You don't want your boat to fill with snow and ice, for sure.  So it needs to be covered in some manner.   A regular canvas cover works if you are around to go sweep the snow off when necessary. 

Boats and outboards do perfectly well even in sub-zero weather.   

As for using them in the winter, take a ride to Redwing on a nice day in late winter and check it out there below the dam.  

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