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tspring posted 09-29-2000 09:26 AM ET (US)   Click Here to See the Profile for tspring   Click Here to Email tspring  
i was just wondering what is the latest i can keep my 13 ft boston whaler in the water
triblet posted 09-29-2000 09:56 AM ET (US)     Click Here to See the Profile for triblet  Click Here to Email triblet     
Where? In Northern Calfornia, it could
stay in year round. Winterize? What's that?

Chuck Tribolet

tspring posted 09-29-2000 10:14 AM ET (US)     Click Here to See the Profile for tspring  Click Here to Email tspring     
it is in nj
Gep posted 09-29-2000 12:07 PM ET (US)     Click Here to See the Profile for Gep  Click Here to Email Gep     
Hey tspring, what year is your whaler? It has nothing to do with how long you can keep your boat in the water, I have a 13' sport and I need seating specs as I'm redoing mine and don't have the original woodwork except for the steering wheel box.
Reliant posted 09-29-2000 01:18 PM ET (US)     Click Here to See the Profile for Reliant  Click Here to Email Reliant     
tspring - My two friends and I all have whalers, boat on Lake Michigan and continue to boat until the end of December. My one friend has his 19' Outrage on a hoist and boats all winter. He will sometimes break ice all the way out of the river to Lake Michigan. Yes, Whalers will do double duty as icebreakers. Not suggesting this though.

The key here is to make sure that you do not let too much water accumulate in the bilge or in the forward anchor chest. This is because the foam in whalers has a high insulating ability. Even though the water around the boat has not frozen, the water in the bilge or anywhere else in the boat can freeze if the temperature gets low enough and cause you problems as it expands. Also be careful when there is frost on the boat as things will be quite slippery including the non-skid. An unexpected swim when the temperature is in the 20's or 30's is a real bad thing.

One other thought, I do not know about New Jersey, but, on the east side of Lake Michigan, the Coast Guard and County Sheriffs all pull there boats by the end of November. So we go out knowing that if we get into trouble, were probably on our own. Mustang survival gear is a real plus. So are a cell phone and a good marine radio.

Happy late season boating,
Peter Ferguson - member of Team Extreme

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