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I have a question about looking at or surveying boats in the winter. We want to look at a boat in frozen northern Ohio. One of my concerns about an older boat is the possibility of a wet core. Is it possible to spot a wet core in the winter? It seems like a frozen wet core would appear to be solid. So the question is can I make a fair assessment of a boat in the winter and if we like the boat, can a professional do a quality survey in the winter?
 

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Moisture readings

The surveyor should still be able to take a moisture reading and would better advise you. Good luck
 

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A moisture meter uses capacitance to detect water. A capacitor consists of a conductor and insulator layered to together. Water is a conductor if there are any minerals in the water at all. Fiberglass is an insulator; therefore, changes in capacitance as you move the meter across the hull indicates the presence of water when the capacitance goes up. Ice is not a conductor so you cannot detect ice with a moisture meter.
 

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Thank you. Since I posted, I also spoke with my broker and he also confirmed that we would have to wait for a good weather window.

I would have never guessed that ice is not a conductor.
 
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