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05-08-2011 01:34 PM
Dean101
Thanks pdqaltair,

I really didn't know what to expect from ice. I had visions of a boat completely surrounded by ice and every movement on board that rocked the hull causing horrendous scratches on her sides. Your comments about winterizing have me thinking I probably better search this site for information about how winter impacts the folks that live aboard year around. Keeping warm shouldn't be a problem but condensation and how to keep my water tanks from freezing may be. Thanks for the help!
05-07-2011 08:44 AM
pdqaltair
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Many thanks for the excellent responses! It sounds like my kinda place. I've not had any ice form around my boat before. Are there any problems with the ice damaging the gelcoat or forming in the thru hulls?
The following, for Deale, MD:

Some winters, no ice.

Average winter, 0-1 inches for a few weeks. It doesn't form hard around the boats because of the salt. Any freeze damage is fresh water that fell on the boat (rain/snow). Typically I lose about 3 weeks of sailing in mid-late January.

Very tough winter, 1-2 inches for 3 weeks. Still doesn't' freeze hard to boat. No scratches. Salt water ice is not harder than gelcoat.

That said, if you place and ice melter in your slip, it will clear the slip and some of your neighbors. I have one but have not used it in 10 years. To stay safe you do have to be thoughtful with your winterization; think through every spot water can lay and freeze (including ice dams and snow) and have a plan. Also plan for a change in waterline due to snow weight. The prior winter we got a LOT of snow in the northern Bay and a few (mostly boats with big cockpits or through hulls without valves) had trouble.
05-07-2011 08:34 AM
pdqaltair
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Originally Posted by rockDAWG View Post
Time for me to move the middle of Kansas to renew my appreciation of my own backyard.


I travel a lot on business, and they aren't all garden spots. Some are.
05-07-2011 08:26 AM
sealover
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People still eat crabs out of the Bay don't they?
I do. Usually within hours after catching them.
05-04-2011 06:20 PM
jjablonowski
More data than you may care to see

Why not throw Windfinder into the mix. Go to its wind-statistic page, like this one for the Bay Bridge, and click on each month to see historic trends in wind velocity and direction.
05-04-2011 05:37 PM
rockDAWG
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Originally Posted by Dean101 View Post
Many thanks for the excellent responses! It sounds like my kinda place. I've not had any ice form around my boat before. Are there any problems with the ice damaging the gelcoat or forming in the thru hulls?
In the last 15 years,, the weather was very mild. I have not seen ice at the marina even in the northern side of the Bay. Many boats stay in water year around.
05-04-2011 05:33 PM
rockDAWG
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Originally Posted by pdqaltair View Post
Some can find fault in paradise... exaggeration helps .
hahaha.... yes, my bad. I guess I have lived in Paradise Chesapeake too long. I don't appreciate it as much. Time for me to move the middle of Kansas to renew my appreciation of my own backyard.
05-01-2011 02:13 AM
Dean101
Great replies

Many thanks for the excellent responses! It sounds like my kinda place. I've not had any ice form around my boat before. Are there any problems with the ice damaging the gelcoat or forming in the thru hulls?
05-01-2011 12:48 AM
CalebD I have found the water near the mid Chessy to be clear on the eastern shore while the western shore can be pretty turbid or filled with particulates.
It is a pretty unique estuary and worth exploring.
People still eat crabs out of the Bay don't they?
04-30-2011 07:40 PM
pdqaltair
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Originally Posted by rockDAWG View Post
Well..... Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay is the sailing capital of the world. It is called for good reasons. Having said that, every year after July 4 to late Aug, all we can do is motoring around basking in the sun with 100% humidity. The bay water is heavily polluted, you can't even see your toes. I don't let my children touch the water.

Other than these two, I think Chesapeake is great, nice people and many interested places to go, plenty of jobs and vitality all around.

My choice is sailing in Maine and NS in the Summer and Caribbean in the winter. But that is just me.

Some can find fault in paradise... exaggeration helps .
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