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so how does that work out in a Canadian winter of -30 Celsius...?
You pull an Alvah Simon?

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Gosh, wish I could get that enlarged into a poster.

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Ice Eater

We use one (large) ice eater positioned off the bow and tied with three lines to "angle" the unit to acheive water flow down the entire hull. 50ft Sailboat and we have no problems keeping ice free. Make minor adjustments to the center "angle" line once you turn unit on as the ice eater will move forward and up slightly while operating. Do not let it get too close to the surface - it's designed to bring warm water up from bottom of river/lake to unfreeze surface. Ours rides about 2 ft under and works really well all winter. Takes a little "adjustment" to keep the unit from twisting the lines when you turn it on, but you'll get the hang of it. Keeps the boat a lot warmer also.
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I have sailed for over 50 years and I use (2) 3/4 hp Kasco De-icers on my 30 ft sloop and they keep both my sailboat and dock clear of ice all winter long , I live here in N.Indiana and sail her out off New Buffalo,mi. I use two because if one goes down I will still have one working, and one will still keep an area of about 70 ft circle, you all need to go on the Kasco web site and watch there vid and how they used one 3/4 hp de-icer to keep open a breather hole for a whale rescue. Between my de-icers and a fellow about 15 slips down from me we keep the water open on C deck (50 slips) all winter long . about 3 years ago his de-icer went out and ice started to frezze up around his boat --about 4 inch and we made a 15 " hole and set a new one and about 1 day later ice was gone , watch there fid --- SEABEE
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Put the deicer as deep as you can without fouling the propeller. It will be more effective the deeper it is. I usually let it hit the bottom then pull it back up about 2-3 feet.
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