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Old 10-18-2018, 03:58 PM   #1
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Are you an all Weather Trawler?

Do you travel in the rain?
stay home?
What are your limits
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:02 PM   #2
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Season is so short here I do not care about weather except if it puts me in danger and enjoy as much as possible!

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Old 10-18-2018, 04:24 PM   #3
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Of course we get lot's of rain in the Pacific Northwest. This past summer we decided to only travel when the weather was clear because you really can't take in the beautiful scenery when the clouds are in the trees and it is raining. Yes you need the time to do this, in our case we had 5 months.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:27 PM   #4
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Do you travel in the rain?

stay home?

What are your limits

Yes, travel in the rain, and snow, and sleet, and hail, and even on occasion sunshine.

My limits relate to wind. If it is really windy and if that wind is going to be against the current, then Iíll stay at anchor or at the dock.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:49 PM   #5
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Itís nice when itís hot and sunny but not necessary. In winter, the rain and cooler weather is can be ok as long as the wind isnít too bad. The hardtop over the cockpit still allows me to be outside and dry.
Wind is always the limiting factor. I try to avoid anything over about 25 knots.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:56 PM   #6
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If it’s not comfortable we don’t travel. Depends on the weather and current state of mind. It’s supposed to be fun.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:59 PM   #7
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In the PNW, just about starting the end of sunshine. I like the winter, empty anchorages, less traffic near ports and cities, nobody blocking the fuel dock. Better than summer for someone like me.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:16 PM   #8
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Rain doesn't deter me. Only seen snow a couple of times as I'm usually in SWFL by snow season. Have cruised in 40 knot winds (switch back waterway) which was spooky, horizontal spray. Waves are my deal breaker. 4' is where I start to think about staying put. Fog is a bigger issue for me than rain. No fun when you can't see 100' a head of you.

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Old 10-18-2018, 06:25 PM   #9
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Wind, depending where I am. 30 kts SE in the Strait of Georgia is a no go, but often its fine even in gale prone Johnstone Stait. It's actually not the wind per se but the waves they create.
Also will not go out in fog but if caught in it will not necessarily head for the nearest haven immediately.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:22 PM   #12
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The only thing that would stop us are sea conditions.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:28 PM   #13
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No problem with rain, fog, or wind up to 25 kts because we have a lower helm station and radar. More wind than that and we stay put.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:39 PM   #14
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We've had snow on the ground in town for six months straight and it can rain/drizzle for weeks at a time...if you wait for good weather to do anything here you'd get nothing done.

Having said that, we haven't had a drenching rain for over four months and all the creeks & rivers are spectacularly low.

Windy days are hiking days.
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:12 PM   #15
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Since our season is 12 mo a year, I wait for perfect conditions. Most likely to keep me home are sea conditions and temperatures higher that 95F
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:17 PM   #16
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We boat for 12 months a year here as well, but the low wind on winter weekends ratio is nothing like the rest of the year!
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:41 PM   #17
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Cruise like we do and you look forward to nice sunny days. That’s what we prefer, but fog, rain, wind seem to be the norm. Its those lumpy seas that tend to make us stay put.
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:42 PM   #18
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We have been boating for 12 months since arriving in Washington, with one exception. A couple of years ago the boat sat on the trailer from mid-Novenber until the first of March. It seemed like every free weekend, the wind, cold, and short days were not worth the effort to go. Walking the dog down an icy dock in the dark is trying too hard to have fun.

Last winter saw a new-to-us boat, so we used it a bunch. That included a good storm right away, which was forecast, and 48 knots of wind and a building sea from behind.

As for limits - so far we try to avoid opposing wind and tide, major head seas, and the frozen docks in the dark scenario.

We don't do as much anchoring in the winter. It's great to visit all the places in the winter that are crazy in the summer.
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We go out in good weather only, even so sometimes up pops wind, rain or fog. I do this for fun!
The only thing worse than being at the dock, wishing to be out on the water, is to be out on the water wishing to be at the dock!
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