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 Post subject: Winter Storage?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2003 10:33 pm 
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for all of you who live up north. Do you leave your boats outside during the winter, is it bad for the hulls to sit in the snow and temperatures below 0 degrees farenheit? or does it really not matter?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:08 am 
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hehe, sometimes our summer temps in London feel that cold, and the boats survive year in year out.

We dont get anything below minus 10 though...so I cant say if things get brittle in super-low temps


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2003 10:10 am 
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I've always stored my 1980 H16 dismantled under our summer cabin at the lake. Most winters are well below freezing, and the cold did not seem to bother the hulls. We have sold the cabin, so now I have to store the boat at home in Kamloops BC, Canada. I will cover with a tarp to keep the snow off, but I am not concerned by the cold. Just make sure nothing (like a tree branch) can fall on the fiberglass when cold. Also, make sure the hulls are drained and leave the plugs out. :wink: Have to envy the southerners who can sail year yound...
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I keep mine in an unheated building that gets down as low as -40 degrees Celsius and I haven't noticed anything. I don't leave the plugs out, but I like that idea.

Everyone else in town with fiberglass motor boats, jet skiis etc does the same.

Skidoo bonnets are fibreglass and they operate all winter.

I keep my sail in a heated garage.

(I also envy the guys who can sail all yesr round)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2003 5:55 am 
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I keep mine in an unheated building that gets down as low as -40 degrees Celsius and I haven't noticed anything. I don't leave the plugs out, but I like that idea.

Everyone else in town with fiberglass motor boats, jet skiis etc does the same.

Skidoo bonnets are fibreglass and they operate all winter.

I keep my sail in a heated garage.

(I also envy the guys who can sail all yesr round)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 9:23 am 
We have sold the cabin, so now I have to store the boat at home in Kamloops BC, Canada.

Kamloops? Hows things in Sun Peaks? I have not been up there since they opened the new mountain but I want to get back there this season. Sun Peaks provides the BEST skiing on earth! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 10:45 am 
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Sun Peaks got a little shook up this summer with a major forest fire that came pretty close to the resort, but happily it was contained before it got too close. Here is a link to their website: http://www.sunpeaksresort.com/ . I dont ski, but everyone I have talked to agrees Sun Peaks offers the best skiing around. Now if only they had a large lake for sailing, it would be perfect...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 7:38 pm 
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The most important things are to keep it dry so that the water doesn't freeze in the pores of the fibreglass as this will weaken it, and to keep it in the darkest place you can find, to prvent UV damage. Also cover it really well so dust doesn't coat it as it is a drag, literally.

I thought about the plug out of the rear and decided to just loosen it so it dries out well and doesn't turn into a nest for insects.


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