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Fall and Winter in Vancouver/Seattle

So just how crazy would a guy have to be to spend the winter living aboard in the Vancouver/Seattle area? And how is the sailing itself at that time of year?
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I'm a little further south (Tacoma) but in general it is damp and relatively cold (just above freezing to the 50s) most of the time. There is not all that much actual precipitation but you might not see the sun for a couple of weeks at a time. Dawn is late and sunset is early so, dark, gray and damp describe the weather. The sailing actually is best in the winter. Most of the racing takes place then since there is actually wind in the winter (most of the time). Just be sure to have a good heater and foul weather gear.
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I'd imagine that the biggest risk to someone sailing in the SeaTac area is hypothermia. But it should be doable. I sail in New England in the winter, and it is doable...but gets far colder than it is in the SeaTac area. Good foul weather gear—preferably a dry suit is a requirement, as are good gloves, hat, boots, and lots of fleece clothing. Fleece is good since it stays relatively warm, even when wet.
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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!
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Thanks, folks. I appreciate it. It would seem that lack of moorage is a bigger problem than lack of heat.
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