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Do you clear the snow from your boat?

We just finished our first season as boat owners. The PO told us that he never covered the boat and for a 1975 it's in great shape, so we similarly haven't covered it (it's currently on poppets). We did take the wood off per his suggestion so we could touch it up over the winter.

Now that the first snowfall of the season is expected today, I was wondering if we should be clearing the snow off of it? If so, about how much snow would warrant the one hour drive down to the marina?

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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

Its on the hard? I had to look up the word poppets

Covered or not you will want to keep the scuppers clear so when the snow/ice melts it has someplace to go instead of overflowing into the cabin. Otherwise, unless there's excessive snow/ice, not much to be concerned about except the added weight. If in the water, if the weight of the snow puts thru hulls below the waterline that could be cause for concern, or open boats. Saw a beautiful catboat sink in our old marina a few years ago after snowmageddon because it was not covered.
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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

The snow in itself is harmless. However, when it melts, and freezes again, it is not so fun. To remove a frozen ice block may be a challenge.

Small amounts can be neglected. If water (melted snow) can go away in drains etc, then it probably not anything to worry about. Visit now and then is always good, at least once a month.

I cover my boat - do not want rain, snow and dirt to attack to much. Many are not, or cover only the cockpit. Each to their own ....

poppets? Hm, I have more to learn

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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

Here's my solution, and NO I don't put a cover on it...
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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

Thats a nice looking Deere...my little green machine



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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

What is snow?
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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

Do you use the topping lift and boom to get the tractor on deck to clear the snow, or do you rig the spinnaker pole with a tackle?
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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

We always cover our boats up here, although not everyone does. And we usually get lots of snow.

Personally, I would remove the snow if at all possible. As Jaramaz says, it's not so much the snow, but the freeze-thaw rotation that will inevitably start to happen. This will lead to water intrusion into the deck (assuming it is a cored deck). In fact, if this boat has been left exposed through winters since 1975 I'd be shocked if there is no water intrusion into the the deck. In that case, it's even more important to stop the process.

The other issues are scuppers freezing up, leading to possible cracking. Snow in any volume is quite heavy. You want to make sure your stands are properly supporting the boat, and your keel can take the extra weight (usually not a problem).

Much better to cover, I would say.
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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

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Do you use the topping lift and boom to get the tractor on deck to clear the snow, or do you rig the spinnaker pole with a tackle?
LOL.
Perhaps a very, very long ramp (and a running start...).
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Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

No Deere's here, only a bobcats! and a mini trackhoe to go with it!



I do not worry too much about snow either!



altho at times, with snow you do get some suspect folks trying to sail ones boat!




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