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Wayneman posted 01-19-2004 10:45 AM ET (US)   Profile for Wayneman   Send Email to Wayneman  
Greetings all. Now that I have solved the ice problem in my boat from the collapsed cover I would like to know if puting ice-melt inside the boat will do any damage. Any input other than keeping the thing covered properly from now on?
HAPPYJIM posted 01-19-2004 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
I wouldn't use any chemical that would remain in the boat for long periods of time.

Most are corrosive, if only mildly, and could discolor the gelcoat.

Tom2697 posted 01-19-2004 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
I would think that ice-melt would be little different than using a boat in salt water and not washing off the boat when you return to the dock. It might not hurt it too bad but it definitely would "age" the boat quicker.

It sounded as though your collasped cover blocked your drain holes and this was why the water collected and froze. I don't think having ice-melt under your cover would keep water that collected on top of a collapsed cover from freezing.

jimp posted 01-19-2004 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Wayneman -

I wouldn't bother with it. For 16 years, with my boats covered in New York to Alaska, ice inside the boat has never been a problem. As for ice-melt causing damage? I never even thought of it, as water/ice in the boat under the cover shouldn't be there. I have no idea if it would cause damage. But a lot of that stuff claims that it won't hurt lawns... Lawns = Whalers? Don't know.

Your location in Upstate NY tends to freeze & thaw all winter. If you do get ice, wait until it thaws & drains, then work on that cover some more.


prm1177 posted 01-19-2004 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I would not use ice melt inside the boat. While it may be chemically the same as salt water, it's concentrations would be much, much higher. I would expect corrosion of wiring and other items would accelerate.


WSTEFFENS posted 01-19-2004 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for WSTEFFENS  Send Email to WSTEFFENS     

I would be of the opnion that no action at this point is the best action. Mother nature has already done what ever, the addition of chemicals is just going to make it worse, espically on wiring, machined parts, and internal tanks. Having stored outside under canvas for many years, spring and warm weather are your best friends at this point. Keep the cover clean and don't worry at this point about what got inside. It won't matter much later on.



Wayneman posted 01-20-2004 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wayneman  Send Email to Wayneman     
Thank you all for the input. Most of it melted when we had a heatwave the other day. Temp. actually reached 30! But we are back in the doldrums of 5 degree windchill again. I geuss I just like to obsess about my boat. I geuss I'll just leave it untill spring if it ever arrives.

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