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Too cold to sail?

Hi all,
I'm new here, and to sailing in general. Been boating most my life otherwise.
I'm eagerly awaiting spring to launch my first sailboat, a Precision-15, and learn how to sail, as many have done before me. Unfortunately we're getting more snow, with about two feet piled up outside, with temps barely tickling the freezing, or rather I should say, melting point.

So, in my despair for warmer weather, I've resigned myself to a couple more months of it being just 'too darn cold' to sail. What better to do than sit back, and read accounts of Shackelton's Antartic expedition, including his 800 mile trans-Antartic ocean voyage in not much more than my dinghy, to save his life and that of his crew.

Yeah, its too darn cold to sail. Where's my Snuggie?
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Unless the water is frozen... it isn't too cold to sail...

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Hey SD,
I'm just rubbing salt into the wound.
I'd better not make a comment.


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Yeah! It's extremely cold for us pansies in Florida, but we'll be out tomorrow even if it only gets up to the sisties. 'take care and joy, aythya crew
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GRRR!!

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I didn't spend all that money on hydronic heating to not use it! In fact we only go out when it is cold!

Have faith that the oceans are going to rise and flood the world, that plague and pestilence brought on by Climate Change is going to punish us for not believing. Please do as they say it is our only hope. :P
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I just took the ferry home from Manhattan and there was a Guy sailing down the hudson on a run with only his Main up...looked like he was having a nice leisurely sail

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Shackleton and his men had a tough time of it I reckon. Imagine watching the ice of the South Pole slowly crush your boat then living there for a very long time before setting off in a dinghy.

I like to think I can handle a bit but that would be a tough row to hoe.
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Shackleton was a hardass. None of us would have made it.
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Sometimes colder is better!

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