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Old 02-14-2009, 06:59 PM
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Smile Ice and gel coats

I tried a search on ice and frozen and didn't come up with anything.

So what do you guys think about the ice breaking potential of mastercrafts?

Water temp 40F, air temp 45F and about a quarter inch of ice on the water. It would appear that just knocking in and out of gear we can get through the half inch ice without any damage what so ever, and then once a decent sized path is cleared a bit more speed and a decent wake the ice moves out the way. Got closed loop cooling and nowt appears amiss with the boat, including the prop. Boat isn't kept in the water so nasty things happening to boats left in ice I don't need to worry about.

Is there anything that I haven't thought about that makes this a real stupid thing to do?

There was a camera there but not mine so no photos as yet..
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:07 PM
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I think you should use a 300 for this.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:21 PM
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300?

First call was the 12foot tender but some 'orrible git stole the outboard a month ago....and given the first clear day with no wind at a weekend in england we've seen for a month we talked ourselves into it.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:25 PM
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I'd be concerned about the ice scratching the gel. I would not do it.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:44 PM
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That was my concern too, checked it out and its fine but the whole noise of cracking ice freaked me out so it sure isn't going to be a regular activity......... this was the first time we've needed to in the past seven / eight years
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:34 PM
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I know a guy that built an "ice pusher" with plywood and 2x4's similar to a cow pusher from an old locomotive for his '86 barefoot nauti so that he could barefoot in Indiana in the winter.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:14 AM
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Is there anything that I haven't thought about that makes this a real stupid thing to do?
Well, the first thing I thought was "The water is frozen - why would you want to go out there???"
You crazy Canadians...

When I lived up north I waited a little too long to pull my old Formula cruiser out for the winter. I had to drive it a mile from the dock to the marina through about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick ice. If I remember correctly, it left some marks on the bow.
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I'm sorry ya'll, but this thread has got to be one of the most entertaining in months!

Next will be a thread asking if it's OK to screw a Frosty the Snowman in the front yard!
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:49 AM
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This thread reminds me of these 2 yourtube videos from a couple of years ago.

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If someone handed you a 2x2 piece of jagged 1/4" thick ice.....and told you to go ram it into the front of your boat while it was sitting on the trailer - or drag it down the side of your car - would that be ok? If yes, then proceed!
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