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Frozen bilges

Is it my imagination, or has it been far below freezing more often in RI this winter? Of course, that has been interrupted by a day of rain here and there and my bilges keep filling (mast penetration) and then freezing.

I am usually able to get there during a thaw and hand pump it out, but timing has been impossible for the last couple of months. I'm getting a bit concerned about the genset, which has the water beginning to reach its base and there is rain forecast for this week again, then right back to freezing.

I tried to heat the cabin with a space heater this weekend. I left it on for hours but it barely melted a film on top of the ice. I suspected this, as the hull is a huge heat sink at the moment.

Any tricks out there to defrost and pump frozen bilges? I have a kerosene heater that would make it a sauna in there, but not crazy about the carbon monoxide nor the exhaust soot in the cabin.
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