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post #8 of Old 11-07-2007
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As long as the water UNDER the boat does not freeze to ice, it is normally no problem. The engine room is insulated on top and sides, but not towards the bottom. Not likely that the water in the engine will get colder than the water outside. What normally frezze up is a thin layer of fresh-water on top, the salt water stays without problem. Have had boats lying in ice, including my own without any problem. But if the hull starts getting 'stuck' watch out. Another thing is the 'heat' that will be transferred by the keel. The deeper You get, the 'warmer' the water.
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