Originally Posted by ssullivan
Same experience here. Marinas use workboats to break up ice and the liveaboards don't worry so much, since as you heat your boat, a lot of that heat goes right through the hull into the surrounding water. The ice forms, but doesn't touch the boat.
One great thing about this forum is that you can see how different the experiences of other people are.
We don't get much ice in Baltimore
, but it happens now and then, especially in January. It forms right up to the edge of the boat, with maybe 1 or 2 mm of clearance caused by the boat rocking a bit. (e.g. from wind
, people moving around in the boat)
It only ever gets maybe an inch (2.5 cm) thick at the worst, though. If it bothers me, I break it up with a boat hook. Of course, it is frozen again by the next day, but it takes more time to get thick, so it is easier to break up the second time. I just push the broken chunks of ice away, where they pile up on/under the ice; when it starts to melt, I have minature icebergs.
: I've never had an insurance broker try to tell me what a layup
period should be, but they ask because they will offer a lower premium for that time. I go sailing in the winter, so I don't have a layup
If you plan to sail regularly in the cold, I can really recommend the Mustang "work suit". It is intended for routine wear, and has enough floatation and insulation
to be a PFD
and immersion suit. Like anything, it won't keep you from getting cold if you're sitting still, but I have to admit to surprise the first time I had to open up the suit because I was getting too hot -- not something I expected, since the temperature was 0 C / 32 F.