To break the ice or not?

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: Experts -

Q With win­ter ap­proach­ing, what are your thoughts on breaking ice in nar­row­boats?

LK, via email

A MARTIN REPLIES… Thin ice will do no more harm than scrap­ing hull black­ing. But over half an inch will start to slow you down and make steer­ing tricky on tight bends. Much thicker and you should think about whether it will dam­age moored wooden or GRP boats, whether you might get stuck in the mid­dle of nowhere, and how im­por­tant your jour­ney really is.

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