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A lot of insurance policies require winter lay-up periods, and sailing during the layup period is a really bad idea.
Originally Posted by k1vsk
There are a few marinas in Boston where winter in-water storage is common and there are lots of live-aboards there as well, particularly at Constitution. Freezing isn't a problem there and they have fans to ensure the water circulates just in case... Having survived winter both in-water and on the hard, there frankly are no definitive advantages/disadvantages - it's more a matter of personal choice.
Some of the common arguments are:
in-water is better for the hull and rigging - less stress
on the hard is better for the hull - to dry
in-water allows easier access
on the hard is "safer" ( no one who uses this ever saw a marina fire)
in-water precludes vandalism
on the hard is more secure
in-water mat lead to sinking if a thru-hull freezes and fails
on the hard might fall over
In other words, there is no definitive best or even preferable choice.
My personal favorite argument either way is - it's difficult to go sailing on a nice winter day when the boat is in a parking lot.
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