shifted a short while ago. I knew because the boat started coming up hard against something that wouldn't budge. Not a very nice feeling BTW.
I took that as a hint and went outside with a chunk of old boom I had kept lying around for some reason and walked around the boat on the lee side busting up the ice to give the boat some room.
I had thought the real reason I made my winter cover to allow me to do this was to tend to dock
lines, turns out it's to free the boat from ice. This episode gave me pause to walk the dock
. Photos attached tell the story.
What I couldn't capture with my cell phone
flash was what the rudders looked like. I think that you can guess from the six inches of open water
at the bow the the rudder
of these boats is now imbedded six inches in the ice. I will mention the neighbors of the guy with a bubbler seem to be making out just fine.
I am sure you can imagine all kinds of rudder
issues with this kind of situation. Last year we didn't have very thick ice and it never lasted more than a day or two at best. This year is a little different.
I see a lot of boats in the marina that haven't been visited since last fall and won't see anyone before the spring. I wonder how many of these boats are Hunters? Just kidding. But really, can you blame a builder
for a boat being left icebound?
Meanwhile at The Battery
a half mile away the surface seawater temperature is 35 degrees. Of course all of this is nothing compared to the experiences of our high latitude friends. I would be very interested to hear about some of their practical experiences dealing with ice.
As far as the snatch loads on the frozen shore power
lines goes, well it's probably fine.....