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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?
I winter in the water and try to sail all year. However, the water does get hard a few weeks here and there.
If I can't sail for a few weeks, I generally go and spend an evening or a night. With the storm windows and window covers the heater will warm her up to 70F in an hour and a quiet evening is relaxing. I will run the engines (outboards) for at least 15 minutes every month; my theory is that fresh fuel and lubrication work wonders.
I try not to work on ANY projects until the cabin is well warmed, generally for at least an hour; many things break easily in the cold. But really winter sailing is a whole nuther post.
Of course, that means bottled water and flushing with weak glycol. A small price to pay for year around use, trivial spring commissioning and increased reliability.
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"Well, I just climb up to them."
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