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Never really heard anyone argue that its "better" to keep a boat in the water year round especially when freezing is a reality. All the arguments, I've heard to this point for water storage are financial.
For me, I live far enough away that getting over to check the boat over the winter would be a once a week thing at best which would bother me in the temps we get. Also, if we have serious snowfall, I could be stuck at home for 2-3 days while I worried about the load on the boat. I try to avoid galvanic corrosion so I don't leave the boat plugged in and many airplanes have been burned up from light bulbs left on under the bonnet as a heat source, so its not something I'd be comfortable with.
Lastly, I do believe plastic boats do "dry out" and are less likely to develop blisters if hauled. At any rate, I get piece of mind from being able to see the bottom and do my winter projects on my own time without being rushed during a short haul in the spring.
The weather did hold up today so we moved up to North, winterized the AC and the engine and will be stacked ashore sometime next week.
Over the winter I have teak to work on, stuffing box, transmission fluid change, some gelcoat work, then compounding, polishing and waxing along with some work on the through hulls.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36