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

It was too darn cold yesterday for me to do anything other than stow the lines and power cord, take down all the outside canvas, and bring cushions home. My goal, even though she's out of the water, is to get a cockpit cover (tarp) over Dragon Wing in the next few weeks. That should make going to visit more comfortable (I have projects to do once it starts to warm). On my Catalina, I tried to tarp the whole thing. On this boat, I'm realizing that all I REALLY need to tarp is the cockpit and some of the windows/hatches.

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We come from a land down under ..... Laugh and think, this is Australia.

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We come from a land down under ..... Laugh and think, this is Australia.
So then the snow falls off the top of your boat huh?
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What's 'winter layup???
Exactly!

I've been out sailing almost every non-work day in October and November. This last weekend I did an overnighter with 2 other boats, we had a great time.

I'm taking this week off and stopped by the boat to unload some stuff from that trip. The weather was too nice not to sail, so I went out for a couple of hours today too.

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

my day sailer is 22' 6" loa, with a 7' beam. Will make a pvc/conduit frame about 3-4' high, what size tarp would fit best? looking at a 15' x 30 heavy duty (white) or a 20' x 30' heavy duty (white) tarp.

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Warshed her today, will put some lights on her tomorrow! then off the the guest dock sunday............

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EVERY weekend unless I'm out of country or really sick. But then again she is only an hour drive away and in the water. She is my boat after all. Still. I do NOT like winters.

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Circulating lube oil seems like a good idea, but there is a downside. Moisture does accumulate and running the motor distributes that around as well, not to mention any created by combustion itself.

To prevent doing more harm than good, you have to get a motor all the way up to operating temp and then run her there for at least 10 mins, which essentially steams off the moisture. This may not be possible at idle or without running under load. If you can't run the motor somewhat hard, I think its better not to run them at all.
I should have been more clear. I run them under load. Idle is no good.

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

Last actual sail was near ta 5 weeks ago.
Last recent visit was two weeks ago to winterize and get squared away.
Most current visit was yesterday, to start the motor and cast off. Moved to another marina for the Winter. Crunched some thin ice on the way out and cruised at 4 +/- kt for 15 min or so. Pulled in past the breakwater, scooted along the fairway ad backed in no sweat. Took an hour or so to set up permanent lines.

40+ degrees, 5 mph breeze and sunny
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Warshed her today, will put some lights on her tomorrow! then off the the guest dock sunday............
Be sure to take a picture for us. I'm doing the same tonight, but just lighting the stern. It's really the only part of the boat visible from the walkways and restaurants above the marina.

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