View Full Version : Winter Storage - frozen

21st October 2006, 02:17 AM
I have the unfortunate need to store my board in freezing temps this winter:

-Will this destroy the board/cause delam, etc.

-Should I have the breather hole open or closed?

-Should i store it in a zipped or unzipped board bag?


21st October 2006, 09:35 PM
Hi Brent681,
Is your board going to be stored outside and in a damp enviornment?
I If so, I'd find a way to take it to a boat dealer and after removing the vent plug completely, and putting it inside it's zipped up bag, I'd have them use the white plastic shrink wrap they put on boats and completely seal your board in a water and airtight bag of plastic.
Just make sure the board and the bag are dry before you wrap them up.
Can you not put your board up in an attic or somewhere warmer?
I've had boards go through periods of freezing temps inside storage lockers and it did not seem to hurt them in the slightest. They were in board bags (most of them anyway) and I didn't remove the vent plugs.
Has your board ever been damaged so there is a possibility of a bit of water inside?
That water, freezing inside the board between the foam and the skin, would cause a delamination for sure.
If the interior is dry, you should have no problems.
Hope this helps,

29th October 2006, 05:41 AM
I know alot of Canadian sailors who will keep their boards in the garage (Freezing temps) and not have any issues.

Roger's probably right with the delam issue...

1st November 2006, 02:14 PM
Up here in Finland we have decent winters, still snowy and cold. Lots of people store their equipment in cold spaces over the winter, and I don't think I have heared about any casulty. I have myself stored the board cold for maybe 10 seasons...

But it sure feels better if you take them in and let them dry first. With bag, without bag, went screw open/closed: it does not seem to matter.