I went to check the boat after our long cold spell and found the cabin sole
awash by a couple of inches of water
. Considering the bilges are up to two feet deep, that's not a good thing. On lifting the boards, I find about 18" of ice in the bilges. Apparently, a yard neighbor unplugged me and plugged is in. So, between the rain (heavy) and something bursting in the fresh water
system, I have maybe 150 gallons of ice in the bilges. I didn't see any swelling of the hull
anywhere so with luck, I only have to worry about the water lines. The tanks
are monel, which would stretch so with luck, they're still ok. I dumped about 40# of salt
in the bilges to melt the ice and prevent rot
. I reckon we'll see.