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Looking for winter sailing advice

I have a 1986 J-22 that I sail in NY in the Long Island Sound. The sailing season here is May 1 - Nov 1, and in the winter months I always have the boat hauled and shrink wrapped and then I don't sail again until May.

However, this year I'm considering moving it to another marina (one next to Laguardia Airport in Queens for those who may know the area) and wet docking it for the winter months and possibly sail. I've never sailed in the winter and I've never wet docked the boat in the winter either, and I'm wondering what extra precautions I should take.

From a maintenance point of view, there's no electricals and there's no plumbing, but would a cover of some sort be in order? It does get below freezing here.

As for sailing in cold weather, what are some things I might want to know or consider?

Thanks for the help.
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You'll want a drysuit and a PLB, if you're going to be sailing in the wintertime. Also, your insurance company might have something to say, since most policies in the Northeast have limits on the season, usually May 1–November 1, and you'll be sailing during what should be your winter layup period.

You'll want a boom tent or other cover for the boat as well.
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as far as sailing in winter warm clothes and good foulies when not on vessel some dessicants or electric air dryer to keep moisture under control as long as the water isnt froze its still sailing weather to me
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as far as sailing in winter warm clothes and good foulies when not on vessel some dessicants or electric air dryer to keep moisture under control as long as the water isnt froze its still sailing weather to me
Eggman's talking about sailing in very cold waters. Foulies aren't going to cut it. If he falls overboard or the boat sinks, only being in a drysuit will give him any chance of surviving. Drysuits are pretty typical for coldwater water sports, like kayaking, windsurfing and sailing.
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A J/22 doesn't have to be a wet boat to sail (I race pit in one). I'd be comfortable in LIS (where I learned to sail and have been in the water (college pranks) in December with good foulies and good to great long underwear. Good sea boats and great socks. For really cold sailing (like winter in Sweden) I use glove liners and two pairs of gloves: big ski gloves for just sailing and heavy sailing gloves that fit over the liners for trimming.
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I sail year round on LI. I've done so for years. Dress warmly and sail carefully. Cold air weighs more and pushes harder. I only go out in gentle breezes.
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All good points, really.

I've winter sailed everything from a beach cat to my current boat, and the rules were a bit different with each one. The Stiletto 27 was similar, I think, in terms of winter rules.

* If the boat cannot capsize or sink (within reason) wear a harness ALL THE TIME and don't fall off. That said, I always keep a wet suit on the boat for things like getting a line in the prop. It happens.
* If the boat can capsize, drysuit.
* Keep the hatch boards in. J-24s and J-22s have sunk in knockdowns. Fast.
* Try to stick to above freezing days. Icy decks are really nasty.

And since going out at all in the winter is such a blessing, keep it to days with light breezes. It will seem like more.

A few thoughts I posted, but focused on a larger boat.
Sail Delmarva: Winter Sailing
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Thank you all for the tips. They are very helpful.
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