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Old 04-19-2014, 01:39 PM   #21
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Ice floats pretty well and if going slow without a lot of engine to slide far up on the ice...usually the props do OK.

Aluminum props on an I/O get torn up pretty bad if really jockeying around as I have to break ice out of smaller marinas...but bigger bronze ones well below the waterline do fine unless really being a cowboy.

Then again on anything thicker than a foot...I wa sin REALLY big icebreaking vessels.

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Old 04-19-2014, 02:41 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Ski in NC View Post
How do props hold up drawing in those chunks of ice? I'd think some chunks would get drawn in when powering up onto ice. Must use a pretty beefy old-skool thick bladed wheel. Probably not using a DQX!!!
Two summers ago a cruise ship in Glacier Bay totaled a prop on a small berg when doing about 10 knots. Cost to repair about $100K plus two lost weeks of trips. Ouch.

BTW, I kept a wood Trojan in the water during the winter in a St Louis area marina. Ice about 1 foot thick, neither me or the few hundreds who do it every winter there seem to have suffered. Not even an Awl Grip scratch!

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