Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Long Island
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I've sailed every winter for many years. Often in a small boat without engines. I don't remember what I did when I had a raw water cooled diesel, I guess I must have winterized it in the fall with biodegadeable antifreeze, just let it go through, or maybe I started the engine occasionally in really cold weather. After that, I sailed the boat without an engine.
For me, it's worth the hassle to get a perfect sailing day, alone on the Sound in february. As for the cold water, don't fall in. I usually only sail on days with gentle breezes. Also, the water doesn't become deadly cold until much later in the winter. It's in the 50's right through december most years. If you're worried about that, buy and wear a wetsuit under your other gear.