Winter Swimming?

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chris_skeeles

Guest
The Ohio area is experiencing higher than normal temperature trends
this winter. Most if not all of our lakes are free from ice.

What is the opinion of this group on swimming our cars in the winter
months? For instance, does anyone know what temperature tolerances
the Amphicar must remain within?

There are many calm, sunny days of 30+ degree weather where I would
love to hit the local swimming hole, but fear damage from the cold!
(ie: freezing water in tiny areas creating problems)

Justified or Paranoid?

-Chris- Ohio, Sunny and 36.
 
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Randy Tusone

Guest
Hi Chris,

As we have done lots of winter swimming I have to say
that there are a couple of things to be aware of:

1. It is highly likely there won't be anyone else out
there, so if you wind up in the water be aware that
it's very cold and you won't last very long.
2. The brakes take significantly longer to dry when
cold.
3. Make sure you drain the vehicle, at an angle (to
get all the water out) BEFORE it gets well below
freezing. You do not want the water to freeze in your
cables.
4. If the bilge does freeze, DO NOT move the car until
it thaws. If you do you will break frozen cables.

That's a decent summary of winter swimming things.
Just be careful. I cannot think of any other way that
cold will effect the car, except letting water freeze
in it.

Be Well you crazy guy!
Randy

--- chris_skeeles <chris@skeeles.com> wrote:
>
> The Ohio area is experiencing higher than normal
> temperature trends
> this winter. Most if not all of our lakes are free
> from ice.
>
> What is the opinion of this group on swimming our
> cars in the winter
> months? For instance, does anyone know what
> temperature tolerances
> the Amphicar must remain within?
>
> There are many calm, sunny days of 30+ degree
> weather where I would
> love to hit the local swimming hole, but fear damage
> from the cold!
> (ie: freezing water in tiny areas creating problems)
>
> Justified or Paranoid?
>
> -Chris- Ohio, Sunny and 36.
>
>
>
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Taylor, Craig M.

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We have allot of equipment up here on the line that is used in the winter
that are equipped with arctic grade hoses and such. I'll ask around and see
what might be available for retrofit to an Amphicar.
Craig

-----Original Message-----
From: chris_skeeles [mailto:chris@skeeles.com]
Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 7:08 AM
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Winter Swimming?



The Ohio area is experiencing higher than normal temperature trends
this winter. Most if not all of our lakes are free from ice.

What is the opinion of this group on swimming our cars in the winter
months? For instance, does anyone know what temperature tolerances
the Amphicar must remain within?

There are many calm, sunny days of 30+ degree weather where I would
love to hit the local swimming hole, but fear damage from the cold!
(ie: freezing water in tiny areas creating problems)

Justified or Paranoid?

-Chris- Ohio, Sunny and 36.





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amphicar770@yahoo.com





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buoyant3

Guest
Chris
We had some nice weather a few weeks back and did some fun winter
swimming. We first checked all fluids: gear oil (both trannys),
oil, antifreeze and did a quick grease job, which is always fun. Put
the charger on to top up the battery, PUT THE BILGE PLUG IN. Don't
forget to take your PFD's, paddles, top off with fresh gas, turn the
heater on and have fun. We didn't go too far out and did stay close
to the shore. We did see a few fishing boats out so we weren't
completely alone. We did a number of splash entries for the fun of
it. Once back in our heated garage, we opened the front and rear,
removed the bilge plug and spare tire shelf to let her dry back out.
Marty & Caryl


--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., "chris_skeeles" <chris@s...> wrote:
>
8<...[snip]...swimming our cars in the winter months!
> > Justified or Paranoid?
>
> -Chris- Ohio, Sunny and 36.
 
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chris_skeeles

Guest
--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., Randy Tusone <randy6789@y...> wrote:
> Hi Chris,
>
> As we have done lots of winter swimming I have to say
> that there are a couple of things to be aware of:


Thanks for everyone replying so fast. I am on my way to the lake
right now... At LAST!

Chris - Cold water swimming in Ohio



>
> 1. It is highly likely there won't be anyone else out
> there, so if you wind up in the water be aware that
> it's very cold and you won't last very long.
> 2. The brakes take significantly longer to dry when
> cold.
> 3. Make sure you drain the vehicle, at an angle (to
> get all the water out) BEFORE it gets well below
> freezing. You do not want the water to freeze in your
> cables.
> 4. If the bilge does freeze, DO NOT move the car until
> it thaws. If you do you will break frozen cables.
>
> That's a decent summary of winter swimming things.
> Just be careful. I cannot think of any other way that
> cold will effect the car, except letting water freeze
> in it.
>
> Be Well you crazy guy!
> Randy
 
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Mike Israel

Guest
Chris,
You might want to search on "Swimming in January" at the escribe archives.
There was some discussion of this a while back.
IMHO, as tempting as it may be to play Polar Bear, it is something which should
not be done unless you have some serious backup in case of emergency (i.e. there
is a second boat trailing you). In 32 degree water you will survive for about
15 minutes. Of course, well before the 15 minute mark you will suffer from
severe hypothermia which will make even swimming to shore almost impossible. If
the temp is below 32 degrees your chances of survival are even slimmer.
If you want a safer winter time hobby I suggest taking up flying!!
Regards,
Mike Israel




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