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Old 03-29-2013
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Re: Sailing Weather?

Not as snowy as in New Brunswick but still a maximum of only 3 degrees centigrades here. The MetOffice has again announced further snow flurries and Sunday is supposed to be the coldest Easter in living memory here

If my winter refit would have been done, I might just bite the bullet and get "Rockhopper" into the water. I am seriously sailing deprived. But still have to sand a third of her bottom and antifoul, need to look at the leaking fore hatch and finish my rudder modification (the latter I've only started 'cause we had a few mild days earlier this years and I thought it would stay like this ). One advantage did the cold weather bring for me: I've managed to do a few things inside the boat that I probably woul have never tackled. Isn't a warm air heater something great ! And the attic at home is extremely well organized with a good working area for more projects to do in future

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Re: Sailing Weather?

The weather is starting to turn a little, but the water temp is still 40F. Call me a wimp, but I prefer not to sail my little boat in conditions where overboard survivability is so short. I generally prefer water 60F or higher, but may stretch it to 55F this year.

I do have a harness on order, so maybe using that I can be more flexible about cold water.

On our river the water gets into the 80s mid-summer. That's a little higher than I like, and leads to other water quality issues.
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Re: Sailing Weather?

Don't think the water here ever gets above about 40F, not falling off the boat is always a good idea
Some of my favourite sailing days have been when the temperature has just managed to break above freezing, there's a biting wind blowing and clear blue skies. It's a wonderful time to be out on the water, assuming you are dressed for the occasion, as there's usually no-one around except me, some seals, the occasional porpoise/orca and a few bald eagles.
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Re: Sailing Weather?

We crossed the Bay and back last Saturday. Sunny, with pretty good west winds (10-20kts). Chilly, though - about 45 F. It snowed on Sunday.

PaulinVictoria - I almost perished (literally) after spending exactly 8 minutes in the waters near Dead Man's Island (Vancouver) attempting to cut away a line wrapped around the prop. It was August...
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Re: Sailing Weather?

Yep, like I said, not falling off the boat is always a very good idea round here, but if you wait for warm weather and warm water then you'd better just buy an RV instead.
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Re: Sailing Weather?

Still freaking winter here. It's actually snowing outside as I write this.
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