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02-18-2007 12:07 AM
Sailormann No need to apologise, and hope my response didn't seem curt. There are an awful lot of boats that don't get covered. Up here in Ontario, the winters are quit cold and we get a lot of back forth from water to ice. I am still amazed and a bit disappointed when I see a boat left open to the elements up here. It's a bit of work, but covering the boat for the winter is about the number one thing you can do to protect your investment.
02-17-2007 10:06 PM
labatt Thanks for the info! Hopefully everything is OK with mine.. I'm gonna have someone look at it this week just to make sure.
02-17-2007 06:40 PM
brak I just came back from my boat near Annapolis. There was some ice on the side decks and in the cockpit - but nothing major. Boom tent helped keep cabin top clean. Didn't seem like a major issue at all.

I was glad to find my boat completely dry inside - not a drop of water anywhere. Say what you can about Beneteaus, but these things definitely keep water out - at least from above
02-16-2007 10:26 AM

TB - I suppose my posting was rather useless without the name of the wax he uses. I just checked my archives and he called it - 'Kit paste wax'. I don't know that brand myself and I know what you mean about some waxes being impossible to buff after they harden.
02-16-2007 10:06 AM
TrueBlue Interesting concept your friend uses Stan. But, dosen't the heavy coat of unbuffed wax harden up, making buffing difficult - or impossible in the Spring? We have all experienced what happens to wax, if we apply it to the entire boat (or car), then try to buff it off. It becomes a real bear to remove.
02-16-2007 09:43 AM
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.
02-16-2007 08:35 AM
Jotun 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.
02-16-2007 12:39 AM
Hawkwind 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.
02-15-2007 11:26 PM
Sailormann 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.
02-15-2007 10:38 PM
Izabella01 hi I am in annapolis.. if you want i can run by the boat and do a walk around if you like..
my home email is
sv Maja
annapolis/key west
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