There are times in Jan Feb where, even though it looks like water out there, there is sheet ice formed at/near the surface of the Chesapeake. Mostly northern areas I guess. This stuff can chew at your hull like someone with a sharp knife. I've seen powerboats with cuts all the way through the hull. Heard a story once where one opened up and sank. Very cold water to go down in. Perhaps not as big an issue with sailboats though. Also, if the ice gets thicker, just rocking in your slip can do some pretty good damage to the waterline. Best scenario there is a quick freeze to solid. Doesn't always happen though. Sea water circulators that bring the warmer water up from the bottom help a lot. Most people just haul out for 3 months.
Boatless Roger - still stuck in Texas
Last edited by nuffoftexas; 11-29-2009 at 10:56 AM.