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What happens when the water gets hard

Nothing spectacular about this video, butt, if I was on that boat I think I would be loosing a load of ballast!

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looks like pure fun to me

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I doubt any of the local ice boats will even get to go out this year. I think it takes months of low temps to get the lakes big enough to ice boat on to freeze enough. Nothing but a touch of skim ice around the edges near me.

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Whoa! In 1930 the land speed record was 231 mph. This baby could do 104 mph! It must have been one of the fastest "vehicles" on earth at that time.

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is it 54 feet long or 54 feet wide?

Looks like loads of fun.
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I doubt any of the local ice boats will even get to go out this year. I think it takes months of low temps to get the lakes big enough to ice boat on to freeze enough. Nothing but a touch of skim ice around the edges near me.
I'm guessing they need to have a lot of things happen to go out on that lake. The lake they are on is Mendota in Madison, WI. Which is only about 5 miles wide. Obviously, they are not going that fast on that lake. Turns out that Lake Mendota is one of the most studied lakes in the world due to having a limnology department at UW. The lake has never not frozen. The latest it froze was Jan 30th. It often has large heaves that would make for a pretty good ramp.

I haven't been involved in the local ice boating scene, but, looks interesting.

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Re: What happens when the water gets hard

I have an old Hobie Cat that I have been very tempted to put runners on it. Compared to most ice boats, it would have a much larger sail area. Another feature is that one would be able to it on the windward side to help balance, rather than sitting in the center, which is how common ice boats are built. It would be heavy, but I have to think the sail area would make up for it.

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I'm guessing they need to have a lot of things happen to go out on that lake. The lake they are on is Mendota in Madison, WI. Which is only about 5 miles wide. Obviously, they are not going that fast on that lake. Turns out that Lake Mendota is one of the most studied lakes in the world due to having a limnology department at UW. The lake has never not frozen. The latest it froze was Jan 30th. It often has large heaves that would make for a pretty good ramp.

I haven't been involved in the local ice boating scene, but, looks interesting.

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I was really thinking about New York, we have been extremely warm this winter. They did not winterize the marina laundry room till February. Wisconsin I am sure is consistently colder than we are. But one of the marinas I am looking at for this summer was started as an ice boat club, but I don't think they have run ice boats for a long time, but they run ice breakers on the Hudson when necessary in the winter, sure that does not help! A local lake that normally has ice boats on it all winter, I have not seen any all season.

Interesting article about the Hudson valley ice boating scene.
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