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04-15-2011 11:17 PM
mgiguere Sail year round here on the Chesapeake Bay, but last weekend we "Summerized" the boat--meaning we flushed out the potable antifreeze and filled the water tanks with filtered fresh water. During the winter, we sail on the bay with what we carry on in a gallon jug to wash the dishes. I understand the requirement for hauling your boat for the winter in New England or Lake Michigan, etc., but do not understand the reason why people haul their boats on the Chesapeake Bay (I'm from New England). On the bay, we get a lot of sailing in all winter. There are many 50 degree days thru where you can go out for a great day sail with no other boats around. Yes, you might have to dress warmly, but we have a coleman heater below to keep it comfortable. For bottom work, we take it out for a week in July to get the bottom painted and zincs changed when the rates are less costly (and it's too hot to go out anyway). Chesapeake sailors really miss out on great sailing by pulling their boats. The winds are better, there's no traffic, there's no "shake and bake" (heat with no wind), crab pots are non-existent, and the air is clear.
04-15-2011 10:49 PM
blt2ski Those right coasters probably do not want to know most of us LEFT coasters have been in the water all year so far......well most of us. I was on the hard for 4 days to paint etc. First time on the hard in 3 years.........oh well, glad I live out here too!

04-15-2011 10:37 PM
PaulinVictoria Been out almost every weekend this year. Gotta love the west coast
04-15-2011 07:58 PM
MarkCK I have been out several times this year. In the 80's one weekend, frost warning's the next. Gotta love Missouri weather.
04-15-2011 07:53 PM
smackdaddy Dude...move south.
04-15-2011 06:40 PM
centaursailor My boat stays in all winter but going out to help my occasional sailing pal launch tomorrow.
Great early summer here on the Irish East coast this year.
Am ahead of scheduel for once.
Safe sailing
04-15-2011 03:40 PM
bljones Just got back from the marina. It is sunny but cold, gusty and the water is skinny... but the first boat is already on the Dock. Unfortunately, it isn't a sailboat.
Dock Six Chronicles: Opening Day Cont'd: First Boat In
04-15-2011 02:26 PM
carl762 Awesome. Have fun.

If only the rain would stop Hopefully sailing Sunday. Couple of little projects tonight and tomorrow. Going to try out some Butyl tape for the first time and bed in a new bow cleat and a pair of bow chocks.

I'll be praying for wind for all of us.
04-15-2011 12:10 PM
Minnewaska Marina is planning to launch next week. Two weeks of commissioning and we just might be out sailing by the first of May (probably with all cockpit enclosures installed ). Awesome.
04-15-2011 10:34 AM
cb32863 Had our open house on the 9th, only boats in the water were our club boats though, no sailing until this weekend as there was still 3 feet of ice out there. Ice is now officially out and the first boats will be sailing this weekend. I will not as we will be opening up the first mate's cabin this weekend. Oh and that little issue with me having my left hand in a half cast as I broke my 4th metacarpal last week. Minor detail..... Will be literally single handed sailing for a while, hopefully next weekend!
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