Unusually mild winter so far.
Second, even in the coldest of times you will still see open water in a lot of places.
Just wait, one of the most impressive sights you will see in the Southern region where you are during a hard winter is the ice flows that pile up along the Southern Shore Line.
Huge mounds of snow and ice like the atric form an ice shelf. It is very cool and can be very dangerous. I have photos if you want to see them.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White