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We are based in Vancouver, do not live aboard but do sail fairly frequently throughout the fall, winter and early spring months.
Dressing properly is, of course, a given. We can get really mild days at times, but at others it's damp and cold. Winds in this area tend to be more boisterous in the winter months, so you actually can get some pretty good sailing in.
Living aboard in these latitudes requires good cabin heat and a boat that won't sweat too much. There are several liveaboard communities here that seem to be thriving and have long wait lists for moorage.
We typically get between 70 and 80 days on the water each year, about 60 of them are in warmer times. So that's still a good number of frostbite sailing days. We're fortunate to have the climate that permits it.
So, no, it's not crazy!