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Does anyone with an I/O use a bilge heater?

I leave my 217 SD in the water all year here in East Tennessee and have it winterized. I would like to try using a bilge heater instead so I could still get out on some of the nice days in late fall any early spring. Very seldom see any ice on the water though the winter. 


  • cjjjdeck
    cjjjdeck Member, Moderator Posts: 1,872 ✭✭✭✭
    I don't because I have mine winterized, wrapped and stored out of water.  But I wanted to mention that I have heard people using a simple incandescent light bulb to act as a heater for below decks.
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • Dave
    Dave Member Posts: 30 ✭✭
    I think any thing that can break and cause a spark would be dangerous. Even a household heater in a bilge area with possible fuel fumes is a bad idea.
    Thanks anyway, Dave
  • Hurricane0826
    Hurricane0826 Member Posts: 80 ✭✭
    I have not had any experience with this items.  It does not sound like a good idea to me.