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Old 02-06-2019, 08:41 AM   #21
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We use a Kasco de-icer. No sign of stray current issues over the several (10-12 or so) years we've wintered in the water. We leave it in all winter (it's heavy, easier to not fool with it once it's deployed), but I only go down to the marina to turn it on (plug it in) when weather dictates. Had a thermostat on it for about the first year, but that crapped out relatively early on.

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Old 02-06-2019, 08:44 AM   #22
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Bkay: You said you're the only boat there on a private dock and usually the power is turned off. So how would you get power??....Is this dock in front of your home?
Yes, the dock is at my house and I control when the power is on and off at the dock. We have generator backup so power is fairly reliable.
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We use a Kasco de-icer. No sign of stray current issues over the several (10-12 or so) years we've wintered in the water. We leave it in all winter (it's heavy, easier to not fool with it once it's deployed), but I only go down to the marina to turn it on (plug it in) when weather dictates. Had a thermostat on it for about the first year, but that crapped out relatively early on.

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Thanks Chris. My water depth is around 4' at MLW and a little less at extreme winter low tides. Do you think that's too shallow for something like your Kasco? I'd guess I would have to have it 8-12 inches from the bottom.
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Bubblers are popular in Scandinavia for boats that are left alone.
For live a boards, I'd think a heater in the bilges would be pretty effective and most of the heat would be needed inside the boat in any case.
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:49 PM   #25
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Thanks Chris. My water depth is around 4' at MLW and a little less at extreme winter low tides. Do you think that's too shallow for something like your Kasco? I'd guess I would have to have it 8-12 inches from the bottom.

We were sitting on the bottom, the other day when I went down to check... and of course that meant the de-icer was, too. I just shortened the tethers on the de-icer so that it's still slightly suspended at dead low tide. Which in turn means it's probably a foot or maybe 18" off the bottom at normal low tides.

One of our tethers is on the boat, the other on the end of our fixed finger pier... so de-icer depth varies as the boat moves. Not much science to my approach; just making sure there's no slack on the tethers so they don't get all balled up in the prop.

Probably easier to put both tethers on the fixed dock, if that gives you a useful location.

Most of the boats there this year are NOT running a de-icer, seem to be doing fine too...

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I did as described in the posting rules and the file size (90 MB) is way below the max allowed 500 MB for mp4.....

I have no clue for this…….

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well I helped myself and read some more on the topic.

So now it should work if anybody is interested to see it at all.....

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We were sitting on the bottom, the other day when I went down to check... and of course that meant the de-icer was, too.


Most of the boats there this year are NOT running a de-icer, seem to be doing fine too...

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Thanks Chris. That's helpful information!

Yes, this year looks like one I wouldn't worry about either. Of course, winter's not over yet!

I appreciate your insight.
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