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10-19-2011 05:11 PM
nickmerc 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.
10-13-2011 04:37 PM
seabee 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
09-23-2009 11:14 AM
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.
09-18-2009 08:46 PM

Gosh, wish I could get that enlarged into a poster.
09-18-2009 12:39 PM
Originally Posted by zAr View Post
so how does that work out in a Canadian winter of -30 Celsius...?
You pull an Alvah Simon?

09-17-2009 10:21 PM
zAr Perfect! And some good responses already too. Thanks!
09-17-2009 02:50 PM
Undine Your question is posted in the Life Aboard forum.

Good Luck!!
09-16-2009 10:12 PM
Originally Posted by Undine View Post

Try posting your question on the forum here:
Living Aboard Magazine
There are a few Toronto liveaboards on this site.
Great suggestion. I've been waiting a few days for them to accept my registration. Are you on the forum and, if so, could you give them a nudge for me? Thanks!
09-12-2009 04:55 PM
Undine zAr

Try posting your question on the forum here:
Living Aboard Magazine
There are a few Toronto liveaboards on this site.
09-11-2009 10:07 PM
Originally Posted by ottos View Post
I can't imagine doing this in Toronto. I have no experience in this, but what happens if there is a power failure, or any of a million other possibilities to knock out the system? How much time do you have before that lake crushes your hull like an egg shell? How often do you visit your boat in the dead of winter? If you can't detect and correct a problem in a lot less time than it takes to freeze up, I think I'd get a very good insurance policy.
It's hard to imagine but there's a community of about 500 boaters in the area who are year-round liveaboards, many winter on the water year after year. I wouldn't even try this if I wasn't living aboard myself, which I'm doing now. You are correct that you need to constantly monitor everything.

This would be my first time wintering on the water. I intend to ask some of these winter liveaboards and will let everyone know what the answers are. I do know that a 3/4 HP Ice-Eater will give me a 60 foot radius in ordinary conditions according to the maker, but the maker says nothing about under what conditions, so how does that work out in a Canadian winter of -30 Celsius...?
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