I was not able to get my boat (1934 Skipjack - www.homerhostel.com/boat.htm) out of the water yet this autumn. I have been told that removing it when it is below freezing ( I live in Homer Alaska and now the highs are 15-30F and lows are 5-25F) can cause problems with the caulking and/or planking if they freeze before drying. I do not have an area to store it either in the water for the winter or in a garage. I will have to store it outside and with a tarp built over it to shed snow. How can I best prepare it for this:
Should I try to heat the inside with a small heater for a few weeks (how long necessary?)
Should I try to tarp the waterline to the trailer and heat the outside too?
Will this very dry air dry it too fast and be a problem?
If I don’t use heat and it freezes what will happen?
Should I heavily salt the inside?
Do you have any other recommendations on what I should or shouldn’t do???
I am a novice wooden boat owner. But since buying it 2 months ago have become quite attached to it. It is a fine looking boat, seems to be built solidly, is very tight with very little water coming into the bilge. I have always admired the skills, knowledge, tradition, and art that go into wooden boat construction. Now that I am responsible for one I want to treat it right! Any help with these questions will be much appreciated.