I spent many years sailing from Toronto to the Bahamas without a full enclosure. I did have a dodger. I sailed with three or four boats from Michigan for five of those years and they all had full enclosures. I used to say they were wimps and that Canadians were made of stronger stuff. About three years ago I had to spend a month in a marina in Miami waiting for my wife. While there I got a full enclosure which I promptly dubbed my "Michigan Room". What a difference!! No more cold nights on watch, no more being tired from scrunching up all the time in the wet and cold. Hate to admit it but I should have done it a long time ago. Those Michigan folks were smarter than they looked.
With apologies to "Watermusic", "Stargazer" and "Brass Dragon", all from the Davison area in Michigan and all who have recently swallowed the anchor.
"Breathless" with the Michigan room.