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I was hoping to get one more small cruise in before the season ends. However, the weather forecast for this week shows the first Nor'easter developing off the coast. Gale conditions are expected later this week. A good sign that it's time to pull the boat for the season. Something that I'll be considering for next week.

From NOAA:
"This will produce a prolonged period of NE winds into Saturday, with the strongest
winds Thursday into Friday. Coastal locations could easily see gusts 30 to 40-kt during this time period, with the upper end being across far eastern areas of Long Island and southeast
Connecticut. In fact, the NAM has 60-80 kt NE LLJ just offshore of Montauk Point Friday morning."
 

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Here in Minnesota I'm pulling my little boat on Monday.

We might get an inch of snow on Saturday, and I'm pretty excited about it! I've never sailed through snow before. Could be fun.
 

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After spending the last 11 days on board on a small tour of the Chessie, this is depressing.

Normally we have until the second week in Dec before we winterize. This year however we are closing up on Nov, 5 as I am having my left knee replaced.

We are staying in the water and pulling out next May as we’ve got three years on our bottom paint. Which is mostly a ablated away😄, so I am looking for deals upcoming on Ultima 60.

This weekend looks like highs mid 70s and sun on a beautiful fall weekend.
 

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....I've never sailed through snow before. Could be fun.
I have. We took a boarding wave too. Water temp was in the upper 30s. Not fun.

p.s. We were making a short 15 mile delivery in February. I didn’t have a change of clothes either. Ugh.
 
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Some of the best sailing I’ve had in the northeast has been in November. Winds return to Massachusetts bay. Harbors are empty. Autumn is beautiful. Requirements are real heat not just reverse AC and leave with full fuel tanks. You can usually find fuel in commercial harbors or “harbors of rescue”. Fuel dock is our first stop even with 200g. We tend to wake before light and do breakfast. Leave at the crack of dawn and aim to be all settled down before dusk. Given harbors are so close together this is doable. It’s the best time to go to Block and the Elizabethians. Occasionally can get stripers or black bass moving south from Maine dragging plugs but fishing is usually lousy. Lobster is sweetest this time of year to my tastes which makes up for that.
 

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We might get an inch of snow on Saturday, and I'm pretty excited about it! I've never sailed through snow before. Could be fun.
Snow is really not a big problem for sailing imo. It's ice that makes things challenging and ultimately closes my season. I usually make it into December on Lake Ontario, even when I had bigger boats, then the ice, especially near shore gets unmanageable in a fibreglass boat.

To me sailing in the snow feels peaceful, the snow seems to muffle sounds and make the world a quieter place. I guess there are a couple of issues. It can be slippery and it seems to impact visibility more than rain. Can be a bit like sailing in heavy fog.

I would try it out if the opportunity presents itself. A little bit of heat on below can make a big difference for warmth. If I am on a boat with a cabin I like to run my alcohol heater below, provided it isn't too rough.
 

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With nor easter bearing down on us I sailed the boat today from my exposed mooring on Long Island sound to protected slip in Manhasset bay where, hopefully, we'll sail out of till end of December. But maybe not so much this week!
Was at least 15 boats anchored or on town guest moorings (free) in bay to wait out weather before continuing on their way south.

Some of the best sailing I’ve had in the northeast has been in November. Winds return to Massachusetts bay. Harbors are empty. Autumn is beautiful.

Yes! late Oct./Nov. and sometimes into Dec. Wonderful, just short 2-3 day cruises for me this time of year and great day sails.
Actually become a passenger on my own boat as I transform from mostly singlehanded summer sailor to a full crew of captains
as their boats are pulled. Then after our Christmas eve sail and my boats gets pulled we get to sail all winter on 1 or 2 friends boats and then we really have the sound to ourselves, except for an occasional seal the last few years.
Enjoy sailing while snowing, ice not so much.
 

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Looks like this one is just going to sit out there for a few days. We're expecting 30 to 40 kts sustained for a day or two. I suspect some of the Bay's more exposed marinas are going to take a punch.
 
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The older I get, the more fair weather sailor I become. We delivered the sailboat to her winter haul out about a week ago. But the power boat (an enclosed wheel house down east with a bus heater in the wheel house) will be in the water well into November. The local bays are empty, the tuna are still off Chatham, a bit of foliage along the shoreline, it really is a nice time of year, but the weather windows are short, gotta get them when they come. +1 on the fuel, need to keep track of who's still around and sometimes even arrange in advance so they turn on the pumps for you.

These perfect fall days are worth waiting for. This week, we are hunkered down for that cutoff low Noreaster, till it spins down. Next week we'll be fishing.
 

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Fall w/o nor'easters is a great time to sail on LIS. Shiva winters in water and if the weather is fair I can take her out. Heater is needed.... but the experience is very different from summer. Probably won't venture off very far in October and November...
 

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Last Wednesday we had an abnormal high temperatures in the upper eighties. I was hanging out on the boat and decided I might as well clean the bottom of the dingy to cool off. Was expecting a cool sting as I jump in. Surprisingly the water was quite nice. Stayed in over a half hour and never got cold. Also remembering my cruise up the Hudson to Hook Mountain a few years ago just a few days before super-storm Sandy hit the area at the end of October.
https://biankablog.blogspot.com/2012/12/destination-hook-mountain.html
 

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Sailed in the snow and it was interested. No strong winds as I recall... just cold.
Yes, usually do snow in light/moderate winds, very peaceful.
But if we have enough strength after shoveling snow the
next day is glorious on the water as is crisp clear and sun usually nice and warm,
is pretty much like skiing the day after. (but with a heater a few feet away down below)

Anyone in western LI sound area, come sailing this fall/winter (out of Manhasset bay)
 

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Hey,

I *USED* to sail until mid November.

Now I pretty stop sailing in early October. Not enough daylight for mid week sails. Many things happening on weekends. The weather is hit or miss when I have time to sail.


Barry
 

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I am being hauled today, then off to Vermont tomorrow for a week of leaf peeping.
Good timing on both haulout and Vermont, they say should be vibrant colors this year because of wet spring. Enjoy.
Hope to enjoy some fall colors down here from the water in the coming weeks,
come join us in Manhasset bay.
 

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Hey,

I *USED* to sail until mid November.

Now I pretty stop sailing in early October. Not enough daylight for mid week sails. Many things happening on weekends. The weather is hit or miss when I have time to sail.


Barry
Is true, days are short and have to try for sunny days, (easier to do now as mostly not going to business) and gets cold fast when sun goes down.
So very few night sails except try to get in Halloween circumnavigation of Hart Island (NYC's potters field) a favorite for kids of all ages.
 
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