Frozen Lakes can Damage Boats and Docks
Not only is ice and water fluctuation harmful to docks, piers and boat launches, but can do serious damage to boats that are docked for the winter. Without a barrier of open water, negative effects could be cracks all the way to toppling over boats!
When water freezes into ice, it expands. The solid pressure of ice and water fluctuating can do harmful damage to pilings causing them to lift or tilt.
With wooden hulls, water getting between the planks can freeze, spreading them apart and allowing more water to enter and re-freeze until a major leak (and possible sinking) occurs. (GoodOldBoat.com)
The problems are usually less threatening with fiberglass boats. However, when thick ice forms around the hull of any boat, damage to the rudder and prop is possible. Also, when a boat is surrounded by ice, wind and current will cause it to rock and pitch. The resultant grinding action of ice against the hull can cut away at the gelcoat along the waterline of a fiberglass boat. With wood boats, ice can wear through the paint and gouge the hull. For all of these reasons it’s important to prevent ice from forming around a boat that spends the winter in the water. (GoodOldBoat.com)
To make sure the boat is floating in above-freezing water, a water de-icing system in the winter is the answer. These systems are just as practical for an individual boat at a private dock as they are for a large marina. For those who live where the waters freeze during the winter, the “bubbler” and underwater agitation-motors are a familiar sight, but how do they keep the water from freezing around our boats? (GoodOldBoat.com)
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