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post #3 of Old 10-11-2010
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Originally Posted by sailormanmiami View Post

I'm from Florida.....but looking at a boat up north that is around this area and is in saltwater on a mooring....

can a sailboat be left on a mooring in the winter time in this area of the country?

Water may freeze up for short period of time in protected bays. However I have never seen it happened before February. I normally haul out after Thanksgiving.

There are a few boats staying on a ball throughout winter at my mooring field and many marinas have in water winter storage.

Trip will be very-very cold. Make sure you have a heat on the boat or plan to stop at marinas every night to plug in electric heater. Most marinas north of Chesapeake will be closed, by the way. Make sure to check winter bridge's schedule on ICWW in northern part of the trip. I had to trace my steps 60 miles back in NJ when I couldn't get out of inlet due to bridge closed for construction in winter.

Good luck.

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