This may be a stupid question, but has anybody found a way to prevent ice from building up on deck rigging other than stripping it off? I have tried 303, and most every armor all type products available. The hull is not a problem, ice pops right off with a paddle whack, but once the rigging starts building up ice I have gotten enough weight on the rear deck and far front to seriously alter the handling of the boat, (all 14+ long boats).
Does anybody have a better solution to this issue?
Also not trying to start a cold weather clothing war, I dress for immersion.
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Wiping the boat with windshield de|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-20-12 9:18 PM (EST)
I Like That|
Posted by: Kudzu on Dec-21-12 4:24 AM (EST)
Maybe windshield washer fluid in a spray bottle. Point and shoot as needed.
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Posted by: tjalmy on Dec-20-12 9:33 PM (EST)
that worked very well for me was relocating to Florida. No further ice problems, except melting too fast in my waterglass.
Kayak ice off|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Dec-21-12 12:53 AM (EST)
Airplanes inflate rubber "bladders" to de-ice wing edges.
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Posted by: bnystrom on Dec-21-12 7:24 AM (EST)
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Posted by: trvlrerik on Dec-22-12 12:18 AM (EST)
issue in removing the deck lines. I am thinking about changing out the perimeter lines with 3/16" stainless cable that I have for locking up the boats. I will just have to leave a little slack for grab holds and be able to get a paddle under them.
Posted by: NateHanson on Dec-22-12 6:56 AM (EST)
If your problem with ice build-up is the added weight, then stainless cable might not be a good solution. You'll probably add 10 pound worth of cable.
You aren't talking about real cold then|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-22-12 8:30 AM (EST)
I can't imagine a material I would less like to handle at zero.
Posted by: emanoh on Dec-22-12 9:57 AM (EST)
OK, what kind of conditions are you paddling in where your boat is freezing over? I too like to paddle year round and we get snow and ice, but I've never had a problem where my rigging freezes solidly to the deck. My pfd has iced over and things get a little crusty but a flick of water (which is warmer than the ice) clears the problem.
Icing usually under 25 deg.|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Dec-22-12 12:31 PM (EST)
The ice is generally caused by wind spray and paddle dripping on windy days (20mph+). Hull icing not an issue, I can whack it loose with a paddle. The deck rigging will build up ice nearly an inch thick. The thickest ice will build on the bungees on the deck where they cross over each other, and on the perimeter lines around the cleats where they attach to the deck. The handles on the front and rear will build a snow ball size ice ball. The icing is the worst on the rigging behind the bulkhead behind my seat, and the front of the boat ahead of the forward bulkhead. I assume my body heat inside of the cockpit keeps some of the icing down a little.
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Posted by: willi_h2o on Dec-22-12 2:42 PM (EST)
You're just going to have to customize that yak
Posted by: emanoh on Dec-22-12 10:23 PM (EST)
Do you mind me asking where the heck you live. I live in the heart of the great lakes and it sounds like you're describing conditions in northern Greenland.
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Posted by: willi_h2o on Dec-23-12 11:39 AM (EST)
flexible deck lines|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-23-12 11:49 AM (EST)
the ice cracks. Toggles for deck line adjustments. Things that are flexible shed ice faster..try banging on a flexible iced surface and a solid one and you will see.
Posted by: trvlrerik on Dec-23-12 12:00 PM (EST)
This morning it was 17 degrees, 25mph winds. Just took a 3 hour short run experiment. If I stay on the up wind wide of the lake close to shore the spray off of the white caps is not bad. It just limits where I might like to go on any given day.
Posted by: jerrysmith on Dec-23-12 10:43 PM (EST)
Even the Greenlanders have a phrase for "too freaking cold".