Originally Posted by BandB
I don't have any concrete numbers or anything on this. However, by observation it sure seems that a lot of people who haul their boats for the winter experience problems when they launch in the spring. I've seen it in different areas too. Is it just appearance to an outsider or really problematic? I've never hauled a boat for the winter but do realize many have no choice.
Is the time it's hauled just the same as if it had been left in the water? More problems? Fewer problems?
I don't like hauling in the winter. Scares me. Every and any drop of water will freeze. And thaw ...... and freeze ..
Even in Alaska we had almost no problems from cold. All the problems (mostly) were caused by water and oil leaks. Rain rain rain and the only time for painting or varnishing was in the summer when we wanted to go boating.
When people go shopping for a boat the problems they are wary of is usually water caused problems. And if a boat leaks on the hard the water will freeze and likely will cause problems .. likely expensive.
I'd much rather be floating in my boat slip.