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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

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Well I have a door and a space heater.
Speaking from experience, it's very difficult to warm a cabin when its well below freezing outside and you're up on the hard. There is so little insulation and the hull is fully exposed to the wind, so it acts like a heat sink and just pulls the heat out of the air.

I can get the cabin up to a reasonable working temp of about 50 degs, but it would be hard to go from 20* to 65* or 70* for painting/varnishing. Further, the material itself would take much longer to come up to temp than the air. Then you must keep it there while varnish dries for 24 hrs.

Just not practical at all.
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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

The more threads like this I read, the better just sticking to the sailing club and passing on boat ownership sounds.
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I don't use zipper door access and instead designed my own vestibule.. Easy on/off even lugging tools.....

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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

Unless it is raining hard for days, I go every weekend. Don't always get to sail due to high winds or rough seas. Today its blowing at 23kts gusting to 30. Pointless to go out and get beat up on a 19 foot day sailer. I usually bring food, epoxy and tools and camp out on boat at night and then i work the next day without having to drive 90 minutes to get there. My cabin is tiny but i have a place to sleep and I prepare hot food and coffee on a 6" electric skillet. Its a good stress reliever for me at the end of a hectic week. Gives you something to look forward too. I am paying a slip fee that includes 120V power anyhow, might as well use it!
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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

What's 'winter layup???
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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

When I winter up with the boat on the water I tried once a week to have the engine working. For some years now I have had always my boat on dry away from home and near the places I cruise: One year in Sardinia and two near Rome so I never go to the boat except a week before setting sail, to mount and check everything.
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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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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

I may not be able to visit very often but I can at least check on it daily to make sure it's on the right side of the water by looking at the marina's webcam.
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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

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Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

I'm with PDQ, and in the same region. My boat is at the end of my street, so I walk there every couple of days. I keep her in the water, unless there's maintenance to be done.

With temps dipping into the 20's, I winterized all systems and hung a 100 watt drop-light in the engine compartment.

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Cetol requires a minimum of 50F degrees according to the instructions on the can.

I will be removing all of the wood except for the cockpit coaming islands, and finishing them at home, where it's 65F and very dry. I'll have to wait until spring to do the coamings.
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