The warm weather may be on its way out. But that doesn’t mean the sailing season is over! Avid sailor, Steven Mesia sheds a beacon on why you should skip storing your vessel this winter season and embrace cruising in the cold.
Are you ready to store your boat for the winter? A true adventurer would definitely say no!
Contrary to popular belief, sailing isn’t a season-specific activity. If you’ve toyed with the idea of embracing the cold and setting sail during the winter season, now’s your chance! As long as you’re properly prepared (and equipped!), sailing during the winter can be an enjoyable breeze. Here are three things you should keep in mind if you wish to skip storing your boat this winter season:
Now’s as good a time as any — or is it?
Actually, now just might be a better time than any! During the “off season,” sailing schools often offer discounted rates on sailing lessons and Yachtmaster exams. If you’re new to the boating world, take advantage of the empty cruising grounds! As an added bonus, a sailor who can navigate the trickiest winter terrain is unstoppable. If you can handle the winter, then the spring and summer seasons will be a literal warm breeze!
Pitch a (Cockpit) Tent
Equipping your vessel with a trusty cockpit tent is an absolute must if you plan on setting sail during the winter. This addition to your boat will keep condensation at bay. It will also ensure that you remain protected from the chill — even during rain or snow storms. Adding a cockpit tent to your boat is ideal for sailboats and small non-yacht motor boats.
Stick to Short Routes
Always keep the limited daylight hours in mind when planning your passages. Aim to set sail in the pre-dawn hours so that you can arrive back to your docking point before dark. When it comes to winter sailing, short passages go a long way. If you just can’t stay away from the bay, the burst of a short trip should satisfy your sailing cravings before the warm weather returns!
Stay tuned for more season-specific advice on year-round sailing, fishing and hunting. Be sure to follow avid outdoorsman, Steven Mesia on social media so you won’t miss out on his next set of advice!