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Old 05-01-2018, 16:43   #1
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Boat in iced over slip

By the time I realized Rockhold Creek was going to freeze over, there were no deicers available in the area. Ordered one on Amazon with overnight shipping. It arrived last night so we went to the marina today. The ice was too thick to break through in order to deploy the deicer. By late next week the ice should be breaking up and I'll go back and set up the deicer.

If a boat is frozen in a slip for a week and a little, what damage beyond loss of bottom paint might I expect? I can see the ice nearest the hull has paint on it. However, I can see the old bottom paint on the hull, so no damage to the gelcoat. Yet.
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Old 05-01-2018, 16:59   #2
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Re: Boat in iced over slip

You'll take no harm. My boat ices in winter after winter with no ill effects. Ice is worse for wooden boats than fiberglass, but even they ice in up here from time to time without calamity.
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Old 05-01-2018, 20:16   #3
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Re: Boat in iced over slip

As long as the ice doesn't get too thick...




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