Re: To pull or not to pull....
I live in NY and keep my boat in a mooring during the season. In the winter my mooring gets hauled and my boat must be moved. I used to have the boat hauled each year, but last year I left it in the water (in a slip, securely tied with dock lines).
For me, the cost difference is major: Under $500 to leave in the water, over $2000 to have hauled and stored.
Now, with good ablative paint that lasts 2 years I plan on spending two years in the water, then hauled out for the winter. With the boat on the hard I can sand and paint the bottom and polish, wax, etc. the topsides.
Since I had my boat hauled in June for some storm related repairs I had the bottom painted, so I will spend winter in the water.
Last winter I thought I would do some sailing but I only got out twice. This winter I will forget about sailing and put a cover on the boat.
I live close to the marina and would be aboard often, at least every other week. I put a small propane heater on, and would often have lunch in the cabin: some hot coffee, a little heat from the propane, and then I would just read a paper, maybe clean a little, i found it very pleasant.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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