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I'm sitting in my apartment listening to the howling wind and very nervous about my boat, which I left in the water this winter (first winter with the boat). The Chesapeake is a fairly warm body of water, but I knew I was taking a small chance and now I'm nervously watching the temp creep down to 0, listening to the 40 mph gusts, and hoping that I didn't pick the wrong winter to have the boat in the slip.

Anyone else nervous? At least the cold snap isn't supposed to be long, but listening to this wind I'm worried now I should have put my hurricane lines on the boat before this hit.

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I have my boat in Rock Hall. I think, and I may be wrong, that you'll need more than one or two nights below freezing to create a significant ice layer on the Chesapeake, if at all.

I just checked the buoy on the Patapsco. The freezing point is 31.4 F and the current water temperature is 36.6 F. The current helps.
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I think if we're not a little nervous, something's wrong. I don't think that the ice can get too thick during the time that it will be cold. Hearing the wind is unsettling though. I'm hoping that the pink antifreeze in my engine is up to the task.
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I woke up this morning and it was 48F now its 14F. By morning it will be -5F with a 35k breeze. I'm glad my baby is tucked in tight amongst the trees.
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You can always think about a 'bubbler' a simple propeller/electric motor that's tied under your boat and which constantly brings up the warmer bottom water to the surface near the boat.

These are electrically operated; and, if your power 'goes out' so does the bubbler. In that case and when its extremely cold be sure not to get your clothing wet as you will exacerbate your chance of hypothermia.

Heres a simple way of keeping your clothes dry when your boat is 'frozen in' and there is no electric power available:
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It didn't even occur to me to worry about risk to my engine from the wind, so clearly I'm not worried enough. What's the risk there?

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windchill will not bother your engine or your boat. As it does not an internal heat source like living things do, windchill will not affect it.

Once upon a time the Chesapeake was well known for it's ice flows.. All you have to do is look at Sharps Island Lighthouse.


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Dear Canada,

We don't mind you folks coming down here for a visit, but please call your freakin' frigid weather back home.

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This beautiful weather keeps the florida people out.
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That old dude is lucky he did not chop off his pecker with the ax... well, it was likely fully withdrawn but he might have hit his knee or something...

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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