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Had a great daysail on the Patapsco R. last Thursday. One of those perfect fall days, one of those perfect sails, that remind you why you have a boat. I hope you all won't mind me blowing my own horn for a moment; I have an article in the current issue of Good Old Boat ? The sailing magazine for the rest of us.. First time in a boating magazine so I'm excited.

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I have an article in the current issue of Good Old Boat..
I lost my Good Old Boat ball cap on Saturday. I was raising the main and it either blew or was knocked off. My hands were full and I didn't even turn around to look, just thought, "Well, that hat's gone."
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Had a great daysail on the Patapsco R. last Thursday. One of those perfect fall days, one of those perfect sails, that remind you why you have a boat. I hope you all won't mind me blowing my own horn for a moment; I have an article in the current issue of Good Old Boat ? The sailing magazine for the rest of us.. First time in a boating magazine so I'm excited.
Was that your story about setting out from Rock Creek? I used to be on Rock Creek and recognized the picture and locale.
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I lost my Good Old Boat ball cap on Saturday. I was raising the main and it either blew or was knocked off. My hands were full and I didn't even turn around to look, just thought, "Well, that hat's gone."
Had the same experience last summer with a 30 year old Tilley hat. I was off Bodkin creek, there was a freighter uncomfortably close, the furler was jammed and I was trying to get the main down. Hat took off and I thought, "Hat overboard drill?—no"
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Was that your story about setting out from Rock Creek? I used to be on Rock Creek and recognized the picture and locale.
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

When we sailed out of Deltaville, I routinely hauled every other year and layed up in the water the other year. Since moving the boat to mid-bay we have hauled every year so its been a few years since we've stayed in the water. Down there snow was rare as was freezing around the dock.

I believe my current slip is far enough from shore that its unlikely to freeze so we are thinking we'll winterize in the slip this year.

Curious what precautions those of you that stay in the water over winter take that I should be preparing for.

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I stay in the slip every other winter. I drain the pressurized water system and take the pump home. And I change the motor oil and filter.

I double up the dock lines and take the sails home.

I try to visit the boat once a month and run the engine a bit. Winterizing the Yanmar is really simple so running the engine is no big deal. If we're lucky and have a nice day I'll take her out and motor around.

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I’m on WhitehallCreek just north of Annapolis but below the bridge.

We have a bubbler and the marina provides some also. We are the last slip in the creek with 10 ft under us so it rarely freezes. We pull the boat every 3 years. Prefer leaving it in die to less strain on the chain plates. Bottom paint lasts three years.

We winterize like you would if on dry land. Engine, raw water side, oil change , pull the impeller, blow out the water system then run antifreeze through it,. Make sure primary and secondary bilge pump work on float switches. Make sure electric shore power is working. I cover both the boat with canvas , two sections so water doesn’t freeze in delicate places. Ensure cockpit is covered somscuppers remain ice free and clear and no snow accumulates there.

We have made a frame for the canvas ( now 15 years old with a few patches, ) so the snow sloughs off. I do check on her every 2-3 weeks and so does our marina owner. Tie back halyards with bungees. Double lines and have forward and back spring lines.


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I’m on WhitehallCreek just north of Annapolis but below the bridge.

We have a bubbler and the marina provides some also. We are the last slip in the creek with 10 ft under us so it rarely freezes. We pull the boat every 3 years. Prefer leaving it in die to less strain on the chain plates. Bottom paint lasts three years.

We winterize like you would if on dry land. Engine, raw water side, oil change , pull the impeller, blow out the water system then run antifreeze through it,. Make sure primary and secondary bilge pump work on float switches. Make sure electric shore power is working. I cover both the boat with canvas , two sections so water doesn’t freeze in delicate places. Ensure cockpit is covered somscuppers remain ice free and clear and no snow accumulates there.

We have made a frame for the canvas ( now 15 years old with a few patches, ) so the snow sloughs off. I do check on her every 2-3 weeks and so does our marina owner. Tie back halyards with bungees. Double lines and have forward and back spring lines.
Shore power with the charger on 24/7?

Otherwise, I pretty much planned do all you mention. Had been considering if I'd need some sort of heat source near the through hulls. Thinking like a light bulb with a thermocube to turn it on when temps are freezing.

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yes.

I know the issues. I am just concerned if I had a need for the bilge pumps to run continuously they would draw the batteries Dow.
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