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Old 25-08-2011, 04:26   #1
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Kasco De-Icer

Hello,

Does anybody have experience with a de-icing unit? I am planning to use the 3400HD Kasco for keeping my boat ice-free in the water during the winter in the Netherlands. Would like to hear from somebody who does the same every year.

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Old 25-08-2011, 06:44   #2
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Re: Kasco de-icer

Hein,
I used to live aboard year round on the Hudson River in Stony Point, New York.
I used a different brand de-icing unit for over 10 years and was very satisfied with it. I rigged it so that it would "wash" along the entire lenghth of my hull.
I hope this helps in your decision........

PS I am also originnaly from the Netherlands.....born in Vlaardingen, 1946
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Old 16-12-2013, 11:59   #3
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Re: Kasco De-Icer

Our club has 60 Kasco units in the water, trying to control the ice,
Does anyone know of any other application....we are in dire need of technical advise
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Re: Kasco De-Icer

I made a couple using a sump pump, attach a length(2 or 3 feet) of pvc pipe, cap pipe and then drill some holes in the cap. The way it works is it pushes the warmer water from the bottom up and clears away ice in no time. Tie the float on the pump to the pipe or cord so that the pump works all the time the pump is submerged. $120 each.
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Re: Kasco De-Icer

What kind of technical advise is it that you need? I don't know of any other application but we have lots of folks here who might be able to help you.
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Old 17-12-2013, 08:13   #6
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Re: Kasco De-Icer

I am still very interested of knowing how many de-icer set-ups there are out there. In the almost 2 years since the OP, there has been 700 views, and only 3 other replies....why? are there no de-icers in usage ?

OK, let me re-phrase my question to read: What do you think of using de-icers? Why are you, or your marina, using them? What do they costs to operate? How much attention do you (your club) need to pay to the set up? Are they worth it ? How long will they last?

Would it not be just as economical to haul out your boat or your docks yearly , a thing you need to do anyway ???...or do you need to "dry" your boat, and/or docks every once in a while?
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Re: Kasco De-Icer

Our club has a bubbling system but we keep a few of the home-made sump pump jobs around for emergencies. Chop a hole, dunk them in and bingo the ice starts melting. We do keep power on the docks in winter.

My brother-in-law kept his boat in last winter and the home-made de-icers kept him ice free. This was in Toronto.
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Re: Kasco De-Icer

I use a Kasco 3/4hp. I got it to protect the hull of my 1967 Chris Craft Constellation 52, since ice coupled with winds and current can saw grooves in expensive mahogany planks at the waterline. When I got a fiberglass boat, I continued to use it to protect the bottom paint and hull. The additional electricity costs have been negligible, though temps generally don't stay below freezing for months on end here. I only use it when there's ice in the fairway and headed toward my hull.
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