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I assume that you know that "frostbite" is a figure of speech...

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Lines and sheets freezing? Frostbite? Thank you for the wake-up. I enjoy getting out of the house on weekends but hard to explain frostbite on Monday morning. I will be one of those fairweather sailors and draw the line at 50f. It would be nice to have a short re-commision for those 70f days that crop up in the winter here.

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for dingy sailing outside of the normal season. It does not - directly, anyway - imply actual frostbite. Just a figure of speech.

Frostbite is not unheard of, though....

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Yes, we are getting a good lick of snow, but I figure it will be fine after Christmas

Just a bit warmer, then. I'll take a broom and shovel. I went out 2 days ago and it was a fine day. A bit cold, but lovely.

I made a rather long post on my blog, below, regarding winter sailing and partial winterization. Sail Delmarva: Search results for winter sailing. Some of this is about the boat, but more of it is about the sailor, what works, and where the challenges are. The most important thing, I think, is to see it as a different thing than summer sailing, with different rewards. It's more contemplative and less decadent.

I do like decadence, really. The hot chocolate we take is fairly decadent, right up there with a dip in the pool, but different.

Happy winter! I will be happy if I can encourage just one person to keep sailing in the winter.

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Nice thing about having a fairly simple boat design. Easy to get underway in various conditions. We just got 14" of snow. Doesn't sound like much until you see how the folks drive around here. Had a guy tailgating me for 5 miles last night when I went to pick up my daughter from work. We don't do a great job clearing snow either because we don't see much of it.

I understand what you say about the solitude. Peaceful. Went to sail a few weeks ago and the keel was resting on the bottom. Freakish wind and tidal conditions that left us with 4' of water. Been seeing a lot of flooding, also.
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Yes, sustained north winds on the Bay cause very low tides.

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Nice thing about having a fairly simple boat design. Easy to get underway in various conditions. We just got 14" of snow. Doesn't sound like much until you see how the folks drive around here. Had a guy tailgating me for 5 miles last night when I went to pick up my daughter from work. We don't do a great job clearing snow either because we don't see much of it.

I understand what you say about the solitude. Peaceful. Went to sail a few weeks ago and the keel was resting on the bottom. Freakish wind and tidal conditions that left us with 4' of water. Been seeing a lot of flooding, also.
Several days ago I went out and had to winch my boat out of the slip! I have done this before - spin sheets to the dolphins and crank. I only do this if I am JUST touching, as the mud is very, very, very soft here. Also, the tide must be rising. Or I could just be more patient.

I am aground ~ 3 days a year, but that's what I get for a cheap slip. It only happens in the winter. Just a few weeks ago we had very high water - I think the range between the two was ~ 5 feet.

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