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Might have to leave mooring ball, chain and anchor in over winter. Any advice for survival against ice?
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We have a marina slip and a mooring but for ice protection I always remove the ball and mooring line from the 3/4" anchor chain for the winter. During a low, slack tide and before disconnecting the ball, I pull the ball onto my tender and shackle a winter float to the top end of the anchor chain. I made the float from a 3" dia x 48" long pvc pipe with both ends glued & capped and my mooring number painted at the top portion.

The pipe is weighted with enough sand to keep it floating vertically. The bottom end is double-capped, enabling a SS through-bolt connection without breaking the inner cap''s watertight seal.

This is not an original idea . . . many boaters use a brightly painted length of wood; I prefer this technique for it''s permanance. Also, make sure you log the anchor location with your GPS . . . just in case. I donned my scuba gear, searched and tagged a friend''s mushroom anchor last Spring after thick ice and an unusually high tide snapped his ball shackle. The pipe has much less resistance.

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Where are you, what water are you in & how far from shore is your mooring? Are you in a solo mooring location or in a mooring field?

Walt --- Northwestern Lower Michigan
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