Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
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Many thanks for the excellent responses! It sounds like my kinda place. I've not had any ice form around my boat before. Are there any problems with the ice damaging the gelcoat or forming in the thru hulls?
The following, for Deale, MD:
Some winters, no ice.
Average winter, 0-1 inches for a few weeks. It doesn't form hard around the boats because of the salt. Any freeze damage is fresh water that fell on the boat (rain/snow). Typically I lose about 3 weeks of sailing in mid-late January.
Very tough winter, 1-2 inches for 3 weeks. Still doesn't' freeze hard to boat. No scratches. Salt water ice is not harder than gelcoat.
That said, if you place and ice melter in your slip, it will clear the slip and some of your neighbors. I have one but have not used it in 10 years. To stay safe you do have to be thoughtful with your winterization; think through every spot water can lay and freeze (including ice dams and snow) and have a plan. Also plan for a change in waterline due to snow weight. The prior winter we got a LOT of snow in the northern Bay and a few (mostly boats with big cockpits or through hulls without valves) had trouble.
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