I have the opportunity to leave my prospective new boat, a Cal 33, on a mooring for the winter in the Severn River. Assuming a secure mooring, proper winterization, and insurance, is this advisable? Any thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.
During the sailing season, we keep our boat on a mooring a few rivers south of the Severn.Sorry for the lack of clarity. Severn river, near Annapolis, Md.
What size ice eater would you use and how big is your boat and slip? Thanks, we have our boat in Baltimore and plan to buy a deicer.I am in Deale, MD. Yes, 1 winter in 5 we get some ice, and 1 in 10 we get enough to pull you off your mooring, if it blows and the ice shifts.
At a marina you have the option of placing an ice melter (electric prop that pull warmer water up from the bottom and keeps it moving) under the boat if it gets nasty. Several years I have been chopping thin ice to install the melter, when sustained cold weather is coming. It then melts the water around the boat very nicely. I do not haul my boat, as I had a bad experience with snow load damage (poor blocking by the marina). I have been fine in the water... with precautions.
At a mooring, by the time there is trouble, it will be too late.