Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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Shack - I've been on the Bay since 1987 and have seen a few winters in the Northern Bay where ice was somewhat thick in areas of little movement. We've kept our boat on the Yeocomico River off the lower Potomac for 6 years and have not seen ice that lasted long enough to cause problems. Granted, I don't live on the Yeocomico, but work (40 mi up river) in Dahlgren and see the Potomac every day. I've kept my boat in the water with no bubbler for one season (south, in Reedville) and had no problems. No one in our marina who keeps their boat in the water uses bubblers. With all this said, the normal precautions should be enacted - frequent checking on the boat, AC battery charger, functioning bilge pumps, tarp over the cockpit, frequent cockpit drain inspection, etc, etc. For the cost and peace of mind, I think that a bubbler would be a good idea. IMHO, think that 2 is overkill.
To be honest, I keep my boat of the hard so that I don't have to worry about ice buildup - I read Boat/US's Seaworthy magazine and have seen the results! For the few hundred$ cost of hauling, it's worth it to me to spend the winter with a peaceful mind...... and we're not event in "real" ice country!
Good luck - play it safe.... and have a boat still floating to play on safely.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"