Cold weather makes it difficult to launch boats

Minnesota waters have been eerily calm as cold temperatures keep boaters at bay.

“I can’t control the weather; cannot control Mother Nature,” said Kristina Cummings, manager of the St. Paul Yacht Club.

She said putting boats on the water is a challenge right now, especially when it comes to big boats.

“We started launching boats and then we kind of put a pause on launching boats because we can’t open our water,” she said.

Frozen pipes were a problem, as well as cold water, which could pose a threat to some boats.

“The water gets in there, and then if it freezes, it cracks the engine block, and the engines are very expensive,” Cummings told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, adding, “and [then] you have to replace the block,” Cummings said.

She said this results in a one to two week backup at most marinas.

The problem is this: unlike that Minnesota Nice navy that allows boats to stay on its land until the summer, most storage facilities need boats by May 1.

“They’re going to pay, yeah,” Cummings said. “Most storage facilities would be like a storage unit that you rent out for your bric-a-brac. Depending on their contracts, you could potentially have a stock sale for your boat.

Looking out at Lake Mille Lacs, Northern Skys RV Resorts General Manager Paul Waldowski showed 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that it is still covered in ice, just weeks away from this year’s fishing opening on May 14 .

“The ice caps aren’t moving, so we’ll just have to see what happens for the opening,” Waldowski said.

This might be tricky since it’s their first year of opening as a resort, but he’s optimistic since they’re already 75% booked.

“I mean, people are going to come whether they’re fishing or not, you know, other resorts and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think you’re going to see a bunch of cancellations.”

Earnest A. Martinez