Bummer. I always wonder what I'll find when I return to the boat after some time away. Is the outboard
Being a farmer, I have to get a bulk of my sailing in during cold weather
. Took the family
out for "spring" break sail last week. I think my wife rather enjoyed watching me take one wave after another to the face when motoring to windward one morning, hiding from a gale.
My 14 year old son was looking forward to a cool weather sail, he prefers it to the heat of the summer. None of it really bothers me until you have to get into the water or mud like you atoll, but a wet cockpit
can be brutal if not properly dressed.
Several different friends or family
went to London last week, all groused and moaned about the frigid temps. My daughter and her boyfriend are both serious footballers, no whining from them and he got a new puffy Chelsea jacket out of the deal.
Boatman, the Carbon Monoxide thing is terrible. Poor family. Wonder if it was just a dumb oversight, or an overestimation of ventilation in their boat? My son slept in the quarter berth last week with at least one hatch
board removed on the coldest night.
Frost on the decks can be treacherous, and getting the diesel
started not so easy, but I agree that winter is a special time out there in the right conditions. Not that I'm antisocial, but I do like having all the anchorages
to myself too. And the oyster
beds. Gathering oysters is cold as hell, but the grill
, warm cabin
, and wine always make up for it.