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Old 01-18-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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Winter boat use.

Any body cruising this time of the year.

I think I am the only person in the Harbor doing any cruising in the winter.

I have posted a lot of stuff on my crabbing experiences.

Headed out again this weekend.

It is like a whole new world out there in the winter.

Talk about quiet and solitude.

If you use your boat in the winter tell me about it.

Not you guye in the south. Your winter is the same as my summer.

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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I dont get the chance to cruise invader much through the winter. Seems a live aboard thing for the Admiral. But I love it.

However I am out and about all the time in the little boat or any boat I can catch a ride on.

Tommorrow being sat some of us will be headed out to set a few crab traps. Set up a day / over night camp . Eat drink and be mary kinda thing. The sand beaches turn into nice solid sidewalks at - 2 deg. Tide low in the early morn so the boats just sit dry on the beach.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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Sounds cool to me. I will be setting the crab pots again this weekend myself.
Gotta love fresh year round seafood.

Getting hard to find fresh bait.
What do you use?

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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Commercial pellets if we have not left out some salmon heads or cod guts, chicken meat to rot a bit. Raw chicken scraps that be a bit ripe seems to work best here. But I have also used cracked open tins of sardines as back up.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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Any body cruising this time of the year.

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I'm trying! I left the boat in the water this year but have been out only once since Thanksgiving. Holidays, family, work, weather ..... always something.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:42 PM   #6
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We started our 2013 boating season on January 1st; same as last year.

“The sea drives truth into a man like salt.”
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #7
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Greetings,
Aw c'mon guys....First I'm lulled into a state of tranquility and NOW, I'm hungry...Winter cruising is not so much hindered by weather but by crew shortage in my case.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:50 PM   #8
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C'mon RT, don't you know that boats are chick magnets? Pick a few choice ones and get out there.

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=BaltimoreLurker;127762]I'm trying! I left the boat in the water this year but have been out only once since Thanksgiving. Holidays, family, work, weather ..... always something.[/QUOTE

Weather?? What you got for weather?

Sorry dude I ain't buying it.

The sun was in my eyes. \
Uhh I tripped on a blade of grass.
Uuuh My shoe was untied.

How about those reasons. Just as good eh?

Common get out there. Just do it.

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:23 PM   #11
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We use the boat all winter (all year, actually). We take it out throughout the winter when my schedule and the weather cooperate but even if they don't we go up to it almost every weekend and stay for a day or two. So the boat never just sits unused.
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Marin you are my hero.

Ditto all you said.

It restoreth the sole.

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We even manage to make the 100-mile drive to the boat fun by counting raptors we see along the way (eagles, hawks, and vultures). Once we get north of Everett there are quite a few particulary in the Skagit River delta. Our record count on a drive (we only count in one direction, not a round trip) was 81, some two thirds of which were Bald Eagles.
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Weather?? What you got for weather?

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I'm a wussy, fair weather sailor. Rain, sleet, 25k - 30k winds .... it becomes too much like work, not fun. Nope, it just ain't happening.
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We even manage to make the 100-mile drive to the boat fun by counting raptors we see along the way (eagles, hawks, and vultures). Once we get north of Everett there are quite a few particulary in the Skagit River delta. Our record count on a drive (we only count in one direction, not a round trip) was 81, some two thirds of which were Bald Eagles.
One January we were cruising down Trincomali when we saw what appeared to be a large flock of seagulls going after something in the water. As we got closer we realized they were Bald Eagles, and we stopped counting past 50. An amazing sight.
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I'm a wussy, fair weather sailor. Rain, sleet, 25k - 30k winds .... it becomes too much like work, not fun. Nope, it just ain't happening.

It's not work man. It let's you know you are alive. The knuckles get white the blood starts pumping the adrenilin starts to flow.

Whee!! haa!!!

Hold my beer and watch this.

Whisky and fresh horses for my men.

You have a beautiful boat. What do you do for excitement?

Just funnin with you man. I understand
Sometimes you put on the pantys instead of the BVD.
Been there a time or two.


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Sometimes you put on the pantys instead of the BVD.
Been there a time or two.

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But, but, well ... I haven't gone to wearing the pink bunny slippers. Yet.
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We had a seven hour cruise on New Years Day. We got cold and abandoned the fly bridge after the first few hours. We've only been up to the boat one night since but plan do go up tomorrow night the second we can escape from a dinner we have to attend- ARGH! We are hoping to head out early Sunday and anchor out overnight. We are at the boat every chance we get, rain or shine. It doesn't get that cold here, though.
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Got ticked off at work yesterday, turned off the cell phone and drove to the boat. Came home 2 hours later with a much improved attitude.
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We love winter cruising. Not too many people and when the sun is out it is just so beautiful here in the PNW.
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