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Re: Water based anti-fouling in the Chesapeake
this staying in the water all year intrigues me.
I had assumed that all boats were hauled out in case of ice damage, but does the water ever freeze over?
We put bubblers/ice eaters in the water at my dock. This is essentially a weighted, submersible electric motor with a propeller on it that circulates warmer water from below, to the surface. The constant motion also reduces or prevents freezing.
My boat sits in its own, private pool of liquid water all winter. The bubblers also protect the pier from "pile jacking" caused by ice lifting the pilings out as the tide rises and lowers.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168