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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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