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Old 11-18-2020, 11:34 AM
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I’m new to the Chesapeake Bay Area, moving my 60’ MY from Florida. Since I have zero experience with winterizing our boat I am struggling with one basic question: dry storage or wet slip? I would really appreciate any advice/angle/experience sharing. Thank you!
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Dry storage or wet slip is really up to your preference. Many people winterize in the water. I like to pull my boat out so that it's one less thing to worry about checking on.
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Pull it. To many variables to work about in the water
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wet slip is fine, but it should have a bubbler. it will keep the water moving around your boat and prevent the slip from freezing during a cold snap.

there are pros and cons to each method. are there any specific concerns you have?
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Its rather big boat so I am concerned with the hull stress in dry storage
Old 11-18-2020, 12:07 PM
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a competent marina should be able to properly support your boat for dry storage. if you are concerned about it, contact the manufacturer of your boat and ask them for advice/guidelines on number and locations of supports for dry storage.
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A lot depends on the area. Fresh water or salt/brackish water. North East, Md. or Southern Va. Covered slip or open. I kept my boats in the water all year round in North East for 40 years (covered slip). Marina had bubbler system and I also had my own Ice Eater on a thermostat. Never a problem.
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One of the things that spooks me about wet slipping in winter is when the boat gets locked in by ice. If you develop a leak or other problem, you're screwed.
I'm also reminded of a few years ago when the marina was iced in and there had been a recent fairly heavy snowfall. A large Grand Banks that was wet slipped caught fire and the by the time the fire dept could get to it and put it out, it was a total loss.
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Chesapeake Bay is pretty big. What's the location?
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Herrington Harbour Marinas
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If you're at Herrington Harbour North I'd be inclined to look at land storage there for the winter. They should have room.
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A lot depends on where you are during the winter months. If nearby to the boat I would wet slip so you could go enjoy it even if you did not leave the slip. If you are far away I would put it on land and probably shrink wrap to boot.
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We kept our boat in the water and likely will this year as well. We have outboards so makes it a little easier. We winterize the fresh and raw water systems. Have bilge heaters in the to bilge areas, they kick on if the temp is below 40degrees and offer extra protection of anything freezing. I would say 10-20 boats at our marina stay in the water year around. Last year went to Annapolis for NYE, it is nice to have it in the water for those warm days. I know couple people that leave in the water and don't winterize they use oil heaters to keep it warm.

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