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12-17-2008 01:52 PM
SVAuspicious I have broken skim ice to go sailing (pictures somewhere to prove it). Last January it was 19F when we left the dock for a check sail on a new foresail. The sailmaker didn't leave his office until I called and assured him crew was aboard (four of us! Thanks to Anne, Angie, Janet, and Dave Flynn of Quantum Annapolis).

I have sailed through the winter on the Chesapeake for the last three years. Back in the early 80s I did the same on LIS. If you want to go sailing, then go sailing. For work, I have spent many winter weeks in the Barent's Sea on boats and ships.

On my current boat, the water heater is in the engine room and keeps it pretty warm in there. Otherwise I have used drop lights or winterized the engine between outings.

Just go sailing!

Sail sail sail sail sail sail. Boat boat boat boat boat.

Buncha wimps. *grin*

sail fast, dave
S/V Auspicious
12-17-2008 01:31 PM
saurav16 It doesnt' seem worth it, I live on the hudson which freezes sometimes here so we cannot sail in winter. However even if it didnt' freeze its not worth it and would probably just have to move to Florida or the Caribbean to sail in winter
12-17-2008 12:22 PM
WanderingStar I've sailed every winter for many years. Often in a small boat without engines. I don't remember what I did when I had a raw water cooled diesel, I guess I must have winterized it in the fall with biodegadeable antifreeze, just let it go through, or maybe I started the engine occasionally in really cold weather. After that, I sailed the boat without an engine.
For me, it's worth the hassle to get a perfect sailing day, alone on the Sound in february. As for the cold water, don't fall in. I usually only sail on days with gentle breezes. Also, the water doesn't become deadly cold until much later in the winter. It's in the 50's right through december most years. If you're worried about that, buy and wear a wetsuit under your other gear.
12-16-2008 05:42 PM
sailingdog My crew generally mutinies when we tie up to a mooring or slip and there's snow on the deck... I don't know why???
12-16-2008 05:33 PM
mrwuffles I don't think its worth the risk unless you are in it for racing or something but I don't think recreational winter sailing is worth it unless you have a nice toasty pilothouse to sit in and watch the waves go by.....even in November it started getting cold and I started getting less and less motivated to go out. Also you may have to worry about the snow as mentioned in another thread the snow could build up on your deck and possibly roll the boat over or put pressure on the bulge pumps if they go under the waterline. So unless you have an easy way of putting on and removing a cover to keep off the snow and ice thats another risk.
12-16-2008 05:25 PM
Waveline
winter sailing

I've been going out from Glen Island each sailable weekend day. Temperature has been as low as 30, but I have been OK with lots of layers. No one else is out there, except some commercial traffic. Great sailing conditions. It takes less than 5 minutes to put a little less than a gallon of biodegradable antifreeze in my Atomic 4. I have a siphon hose that fits snugly inside the intake hose, which is removed from the seacock by loosening two clamps. I recapture and recycle 75% of the antifreeze by putting a bucket under the discharge pipe when I start it up to go out each time.
10-22-2008 06:26 PM
davidpm
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you may also want to check with your marina if you decide its getting too cold and you want to haul in the middle of the winter. my marina charges double to haul the boat after thanksgiving if you haven't made arrangements to have a mid winter haul.

OOP's that's a good question to ask.
10-22-2008 05:31 PM
wchevron you may also want to check with your marina if you decide its getting too cold and you want to haul in the middle of the winter. my marina charges double to haul the boat after thanksgiving if you haven't made arrangements to have a mid winter haul.
10-21-2008 09:14 PM
sailingdog Yeah, but you won't have any significant strength after about five minutes, and very little coordination.
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Point well taken. But at least you might have 15 minutes:
What you need to know about Hypothermia
10-21-2008 06:53 PM
tommays You might have 15 minutes but your hands will be useless in 2 minutes
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