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I was going to wait a couple more weeks to winterize on the hard, but with sub-freezing temps forecast for 5 of the next 7 nights, and being out of town this coming week, I had to push up my plans and finish the job in the beautiful weather on Thursday. I'm glad I did, because tonight was forecast to go down to 30°F, but right now I'm staring at my outdoor thermometer which says 27°F.

Those of you with boats on the water don't have to worry, because immersing your hull in warmer water will keep your boat fine for awhile longer. Also, I'm further north up here in Pennsylvania.

But the season is definitely closing in for us fair weather sailors, and I don't feel like I've missed out too much by hauling out two weeks ago. My mainsail is with Chuck O'Malley at Chesapeake Sailmakers for refurbishing.
 

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It was definitely a sporty day on the water. We saw some pretty high winds out there. It was gusting well up into 30 knot range. The broad reach down towards Thomas Point was a wild sleigh ride. But the close reach back was a wet and wild slog. I like to go out on days like this to keep up my heavy weather skills as well as to better understand the capability of my boat.

Despite the big gusts, the wind was manageable, but the waves were a mess with breaking wave trains crossing at 45 degrees with each other and really throwing a lot of water.

The hardest part of the day was trying to get the boat into the slip with strong side winds and currents. It took several passes before being able to time the speed at which the wind was going to blow the bow to leeward.

But that was part of the reason I was out there in the first place.

Jeff
Good for you, Jeff!

I was also looking forward to the sail over to the Eastern Shore, certainly with 2 reefs in the main and my smallest jib (except the storm jib which I literally never flew). It is the getting out of the slip single-handed, with a fairway literally 1' wider than my boat is long, which was the problem.

Oh well.
 

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There certainly have been some sporty sails of late... I believe it was two weeks ago I was out for for an extended weekend. A beautiful Friday night sail to Annapolis, then another beautiful Saturday afternoon sail up the Chester several miles past Cacaway Island. Sunday however was quite the ride down the Chester back to the marina where are we saw gust in the mid-40s with a steady 35. Like Jeff mentioned it is a good opportunity to keep your heavy weather skills in tune without pushing it and possibly causing damage or injury. If I made one error it was under estimating the northwest blowout which caused and extremely low tide. The wind had only been blowing above 30 for a few hours. I knew entering the channel to the marina would be a little sketchy but there is a slight Sandbar just at the entrance which caused us to run aground fortunately only for a few moments but still a bad call on my part. Other than that it was a great weekend of sailing.

Still I think this season has been great for sailing maybe I've just been lucky but I do get out a lot being I live aboard most of the time. Hard to beat getting home from work and untie the lines and going out for a few hours in the evening... someday soon I hope those lines are untied for a very long voyage. Hopefully that's about 8 more years ;)

Not stopping by SailNut very often these days so I hope all is well and everyone enjoys their holiday festivities.
 

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Haleakula, put to bed for a few months but not before a short sail today
Winds 10-12 at the entrance to the Severn created a few lazy tacks across the Bay
Crisp fall weather.

Got back, winterized the engine, took down the Jib , bimini and dodger.

Got back in time to get our Christmas Tree per tradition we cut one down. Since Chanukah starts Dec 2 we wanted to make sure we had both early.
 

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The season's finally over for me. The boat came out of the water on November 30. I painted the bottom in June and surprisingly there was only a little slime. We've just been using plain Hydrocoat (not the SR version) as a continuation of what the previous owner used. Saturday I stripped the last of the canvas and put the winter cover on.

I have a long but not overwhelming list of winter projects. I need to replace my Volvo dripless shaft seal as it has started to drip a bit in reverse. I will install the B&G V50 VHF with wireless RAM that I bought at the boat show. I noticed the engine exhaust hose has started cracking so it will get replaced (not looking forward to it!). The canvas all needs to be restitched so I will do the bimini on a borrowed Sailrite and probably hire out the dodger as the Strataglass could use replacement.
 

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I wonder if the lack of barnacle action has something to do with the explosion of false mussels that we've had. On our pier, the barnacles are covered with an inch or two of mussel growth, and I too have had no problem with barnacles on my hull. I'd like to say it's my choice of paint, but I doubt that.
 

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I wonder if the lack of barnacle action has something to do with the explosion of false mussels that we've had. On our pier, the barnacles are covered with an inch or two of mussel growth, and I too have had no problem with barnacles on my hull. I'd like to say it's my choice of paint, but I doubt that.
If you're noticing a lack of barnacles, it's because they've all taken up residence on my prop :eek
 

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Good bottom paint and prop speed . Plus a diver.
Our bottom and prop were put to winter hibernation clean as whistle
 

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Used propglide last year, cousin to prop speed.
I'm considering PropGlide. Any comments on how it worked for you?

Interested in hearing reports back if the bottom paint layer extends the barrier coat. Just wondering whether the ablative layer I use we couldn't just flush off with the prop spinning. Report back in results
I considered trying bottom paint on the prop last spring but chickened out due to concerns over galvanic corrosion. However, as far as its effectiveness, the areas where flushes off generally stay clean due tothe shear. Hub, shaft, strut, and nut, where 95% of the hard stuff grows, would probably retain the paint, right where you need it most.

But I can't get past the corrosion concern. My strut is glassed in and not removable, and if I did anything to dezincify it I'd be in a world of hurt. All of a sudden manually scraping doesn't sound like such a pain.
 
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