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I have never had a boat in water that froze in the winter and have questions.
Is it possible to be on a mooring or anchored out when ice starts forming or do you absolutely have to be at a pier to heat and/or bubble the water ? Is it possible to go out and just break the ice around the boat every day, or a few times a day, and manage it all through the winter ? Does that harm the boat ? Does having ice around the boat harm the boat, I assume it does or why would anybody bother to try to get rid of the ice in the first place, right ?
I understand that if your boat is in a marina and you have a constant supply of electricity you can bubble and/or heat the water but I am less interested in that, I really want to know what happens when that isn't possible.
Edit, also, I don't mean Boston during a cold snap with 1/4 inch of ice, I mean like Newfoundland in February with 6 inches of ice. I mean the kind of ice they probably get in places like Alaska.
What are you pretending not to know ?
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