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Old 02-14-2007
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I wouldn't expect immediate damage, unless ice plugs the cockpit drains, etc. and then meltwater backs up into the boat. Boats get wet...then you go dry them out, right?

But when ice forms and expands in places like rigging swages, it can loosen then or split them, eventually. That's one reason the 20-year-old rigging, even in the northeast and even in fresh water, needs to be checked up close and personal. Including dye checks, etc. for cracks in fittings aloft.

Using lanocote (water-based lanolin grease) or other grease to saturate the fittings and help keep water out of them is the only routine maintenance you can do to delay this.
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My boat is down there too - I do have my sails stored down below and a tarp over the boom, but that ain't much. So yes - I am somewhat worried. I might come out there on the weekend to check it out.

That said, two things to consider:
1) My boat sat for years in various yards in this same area, through a number of snow and ice storms very much like this one. They do not help, for sure, but they didn't break the thing either. Same likely applies to yours.

2) There isn't much you can do anyway. Breaking a sheet of solid ice on the deck is anything but impossible. The most you can achieve by doing so is damaging the deck. It may be worth inspecting the thing and, perhaps, unplugging the drainholes or some such - but really this is just a "peace of mind inspection".
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A little late to worry right now, but leaving a boat uncovered in areas where it is subjected to freeze / thaw cycles is about the worst thing you can do for your deck. Water will work its way in through crevices you don't even know exist. It will freeze, and it will damage the core and the glass fibres. Not may, not might, it will. You have a significant amount of money invested in your boat. When the spring comes either make a frame for your boat, or have one made, and then get a cover from somewhere. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it is the single most important thing you can do to promote the longevity of your boat. If you rely on shrink-wrapping - sooner or later there is going to come a year when you decide for one reason or another not to make the investment. and the older your boat gets, the more care it needs.
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Michigan boats get covered with snow and ice every year.

I'm sure that damage could occur but I wouldn't worry too much. As long as the ice has room to expand, it will. That's why my plastic ice cube trays don't crack everytime I use them.
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hi I am in annapolis.. if you want i can run by the boat and do a walk around if you like..
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The ice is going to expand regardless of whether you have left some room for it or not. Your plastic ice cube trays don't crack a) because they are made out of flexible plastic, and b) because the ice has room to expand upwards.
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Sorry Sailorman, if it looked like I was trying to disagree with your assessment. Actually, I didn't see your post until after I posted mine.

Ice forming in the core does sound bad. My only point is that a lot of boats never get covered, even in the northern climates.
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I plan on running down to Annapolis this weekend to check on my new boat, maybe clear out the cockpit. I can let you know how it is down there.
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Un-buffed Wax

I'm a believer in full coverage myself for the average of at least 50 freezes, thaws, and re-freezes in RI (my wild guess). I actually think there is less danger in the far north where it doesn't thaw so often. Any way here is an alternative that has worked well for a friend of mine for many years in Westerly RI. Every fall since his '87 or '88 IP31 was new he puts on a heavy coat of wax and doesn't buff it till the spring. The fiberglass has always looked good as new and he traded it in last year to move to the Dark Side and got the 70k or so he paid for it way back when.
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