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Old 10-31-2006
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Winter Question

I feel the same blues now that winter is here. I'm on the boat every weekend in the summer and fall and winter depresses the heck out of me. What has helped me was to make out a schedule for one sailing/boat related project each weekend of the winter. I have new lifelines to swage one weekend, jib to repair another, clean my stormsails another and so on... It helps me and then I'm ready for sailing as soon as March rolls around. The written schedule is the key so that you can see the end of winter in sight and feel progress as the weeks tick off.

One question to you hearty winter sailors...I'd love to take my boat out on a warm winter day but I can't cause I've winterized the engine. How do you take your boats out in cold climates yet insure that the harsh days don't freeze the engine? I have an inboard yanmar diesel and I sail out of Atlantic City, NJ. Is there a compromise to winterizing?
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