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MilwaukeeWhaler posted 03-26-2002 12:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler   Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler  
I have had a trip planned to go Pike fishing in Northern Wisconsin on Lake Michigan since January when it was 60 degrees. Since then we have had below normal temps and now there is so much ice in the harbors it has shut the ferrys down. Anyway the trip is April 19th so there is time. My question is how much ice can a '95 Montauk get thru? I have broken inch thick ice with a Lund. But how will the fiberglass react? The closer you get to first ice out the better the fishing. Thats why I ask. Am I crazy?
Samars posted 03-26-2002 06:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Being originally from Michigan...I have seen what even a small amount of ice can do to a fiberglass boat...I'd be very careful, one mistake and you're redoing the front of your boat.

I'd hope for open water

blackdog posted 03-26-2002 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I would think the ice would damage the fiberglass in a New York minute.

Off topic is the Safe House still open in Milwaukee? “Is it safe”

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 03-26-2002 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Blackdog, if you need a safe house,it's there for you.
Samars posted 03-26-2002 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
The Safe house is a fun place with a group of people...The tradeshow business I'm in allows me to travel all over the world. I've brought many associates to the Safe House that have no idea what they are in for.

drives them nuts

mbking1 posted 03-26-2002 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
Re Ice, Don't do it. Sometimes you can get the really thin ice that is nearly invisible. It acts like a perfect razor blade on your gelcoat. Mark
Flipper posted 03-26-2002 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
The skin of a Whaler's hull is very thin and while it is strong as a whole unit, it doesn't do well with localized contact with hard objects; ie. ice. Don't chance it!
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 03-26-2002 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
The Safe House is one bar that is loved by both Tourists and Locals. It's a landmark for sure.
Sounds like ice and Whalers don't mix.
Samars posted 03-27-2002 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Only if the ice is in the Whaler as in cooler !!.
blackdog posted 03-27-2002 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Funny I just cleaned a glass I got from the Safe House. “A Spy’s Demise” it is sitting on my dresser, Circa 1984. I guess I should take better care of that thing, it is almost an antique. Sorry Jimh

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