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Frozen in the harbor and the bellows is leaking.

Old 12-12-2018, 03:49 AM
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attach two cables to the stern cleats and tie them of on the T top to stop stern from sinking. make sure cables are pulled tight enough to hold stern up
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:26 AM
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:30 AM
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I is likely that the ice expansion is what caused the leak on the bellows. Sorry to say this, but If this much has already happened it is time to get some pro help. Boat is going to need to be put on the hard, and have some work done in spring before you launch. Longer you wait the worse it is going to get.
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:39 AM
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This thread is two days old and the guy made one post and is gone.
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Yeah ^^^ Most certainly

But where else can anonymous posters share their wit and intellect?!
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Old 12-12-2018, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
This thread is two days old and the guy made one post and is gone.
Maybe he went down with the ship?
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Didn't write down his user name or password, he couldn't remember when he tried to get back in .
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:16 AM
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He is frozen in time
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Old 12-12-2018, 12:57 PM
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We was probably desperate, and checked a bunch of different sites. If he found his answer (or it sunk) either way he's not going to go back to where he asked the question to finish off the thread.
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Old 12-12-2018, 01:04 PM
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How deep is the water the boat is in?
How thick is the ice?

These can keep a pretty large area clear of ice depending on the factors above.
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Some guy freezes an old sportfish on our lake every year and says its his ice shanty. He has a small inflatable he uses to get out to it when the ice is thin. He is in shallow water with straight inboards and doesnt use a bubbler. Im waiting for the day it has a fuel leak but it hasnt happened yet.
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I’d love to see how some of you plan on getting the expanding foam into the bellows.
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Old 12-12-2018, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Jdow View Post
I’d love to see how some of you plan on getting the expanding foam into the bellows.
Yeah, possible but extremely difficult from the inside....I'm also starting to think some of the responses are from people that don't know what (or where) the bellows are!
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Old 12-12-2018, 01:48 PM
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Non of these answers matter.
What was the over-under on a second post?

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Originally Posted by busanga View Post
attach two cables to the stern cleats and tie them of on the T top to stop stern from sinking. make sure cables are pulled tight enough to hold stern up
Won't work. Everyone knows that cables will stretch under load. Must use with turnbuckles or heavy duty ratchet straps that can be tightened as needed to keep the aft portion from dropping too low.
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Originally Posted by fjmaverick View Post
Some guy freezes an old sportfish on our lake every year and says its his ice shanty. He has a small inflatable he uses to get out to it when the ice is thin. He is in shallow water with straight inboards and doesnt use a bubbler. Im waiting for the day it has a fuel leak but it hasnt happened yet.
Knew a guy once that went ice fishing. Had a successful trip. Brought back over 200 pounds of ice. Fried it up and nearly drowned.

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Originally Posted by Fiddlehead View Post


Won't work. Everyone knows that cables will stretch under load. Must use with turnbuckles or heavy duty ratchet straps that can be tightened as needed to keep the aft portion from dropping too low.
You need pre-stretched cables
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Originally Posted by flukeslayer View Post
You need pre-stretched cables
Harbor Freight has cable stretchers and board stretchers on sale.
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Hire a local tugboat to break the ice to get you to a ramp/lift.
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Steady the boat metal poles both sides i.e.. (aluminum scaffold tubes and clamps) down to the bottom fasten any way you can (clamps rope what ever) that will keep the sturn from going under go get a magnetic block heater stick it to the block and plug it in. Your buying time here> pump the bildge with a 2000 gal per hr pump fast hook up just get it pumping water out put salt in the bilge. Boat is stable and warm start it. break away your ice around the bow out get the trailer in the water ready to go. you need two buddys here get them to ready to release the tubes but not let go of them. turn the pump on put her in gear release the tubes power uo get her to the ramp. The ice will brake trust me the sound aint to nice but it will work. slam the bow into the trailer as best you can now the two guys have to use the poles as fulcrums under the transom keep the stern up. secure her bow but pull it out slow there is a lot of weight in water. The last thing you need is the bow ring to snap. pop that plug and pull her out slow.
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Originally Posted by foggysail View Post
One would think if the water was frozen he would not be on his boat
This is when the big girl fish come in we break ice every day sometimes for 1/2 a mile to get out of the pac ice
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