View Poll Results: Do you haul, winterize or continue to use your boat in the winter?
I have my boat hauled for the winter season 15 24.59%
I leave the boat in the water, but winterize and don't use 6 9.84%
I live on my boat but don't do any cruising in the winter 1 1.64%
I live on my boat and use it year round. 5 8.20%
I'm lucky enough to be a year round boater. 34 55.74%
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Old 10-16-2015, 12:17 PM   #21
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Use it year round. In fact I enjoy the weather down here during our winter season. Only a few nights of 30 degree temps. Wind is more of a factor down here in winter than cold.
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Old 10-16-2015, 12:33 PM   #22
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I was asked once what the "Ice Class Rating" was on my hull. I tried to explain that if there was an ice problem where I was operating the vessel, I would just run the dingy to the store and buy another sack of it.
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Old 10-16-2015, 12:48 PM   #23
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Year round boating here on the California Delta and San Francisco Bay. The summer months are cruising season for us with occasional fishing. Winter is primarily sturgeon fishing with cruise trips planned as the mood hits.

I carry ceramic and propane heaters for those chilly nights. We rarely ever have freezing temps. The worst nights have frost which makes the morning news! Maybe Giggitoni will post a video of his morning weather report broadcast last year following a frosty night.

beep, beep....We interrupt your normally scheduled broadcast for this late breaking weather report from our roving reporter in Orangevale. Ray, are you there? Can you explain to our viewers what you were experiencing?
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:17 PM   #24
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Here you go, Flywright! Proof, that we do have a bit of frost occasionally.
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:50 PM   #25
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We boat year round. Summers in NJ and winters in Charleston, SC. We've been moving our boat back and forth for a few years now. This winter we'll spend some time in GA as well. We'll be in Savannah for St. Patricks day.
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:58 PM   #26
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Year-round here, hopefully. I specifically bought a boat with a hard enclosed cockpit cabin (well, mostly enclosed) so I can use it on those chilly and blustery winter days. And, yes, it gets cold enough here in N. Florida to make boating uncomfortable enough to stay home.

Probably the topic of another thread, but can anyone recommend a good portable, non-electric, heater for use in a well-ventilated cockpit/cabin?
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Old 10-16-2015, 02:06 PM   #27
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Probably the topic of another thread, but can anyone recommend a good portable, non-electric, heater for use in a well-ventilated cockpit/cabin?
Jim, I started a new thread for your question.

Heater recommendations
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:27 PM   #28
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Seasonal. My wife will not give up the dirt house yet. The boat is hauled and stored for hurricane season in FL. I answered the poll as "winter/summer".
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:40 PM   #29
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On the Great Lakes it's now prime hauling season.
We hauled last week. Keeper goes into a heated building until 3rd week of April. A nice balmy 55 degrees.
We're already in SW Fla.
I can't stand the cold anymore.
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:32 AM   #30
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None of those answers really fit the way I do my boat for winter. I drain the fresh water tank and blow out the lines. Then I put a heater in the engine room and 5 heaters throughout the cabin areas.


We usually do our last cruise of the year for the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade and the first cruise has always been on New Year's Day. This year we'll be in AZ from the end of December until end of February so our first cruise will be some time in March.
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:44 AM   #31
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None of those answers really fit the way I do my boat for winter. I drain the fresh water tank and blow out the lines. Then I put a heater in the engine room and 5 heaters throughout the cabin areas.


We usually do our last cruise of the year for the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade and the first cruise has always been on New Year's Day. This year we'll be in AZ from the end of December until end of February so our first cruise will be some time in March.
I would consider cruising in December and again on January 1 to be a year round cruiser.
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:14 PM   #32
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Mine was hauled out Monday and we winterized it yesterday. Should be shrink wrapped Sunday.
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #33
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We boat year round. Summers in NJ and winters in Charleston, SC. We've been moving our boat back and forth for a few years now. This winter we'll spend some time in GA as well. We'll be in Savannah for St. Patricks day.
One time I was in GA for St. Patrick's day and they dyed the river green. I don't know if they do that any longer...
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:51 PM   #34
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I will winterize the heads just before the marina shuts down the pump out and do the engines and generator around thanksgiving. I'll stay on and use the boat as long as the weather is in the 20s or above and then I'll winterize the water and AC systems and I'll still use the center console until I go home usually during the 1st couple of weeks in December. The last couple of years the Mississippi has frozen over in this area but come mid March the temperature start to rise the ice breaks up and I'll return.


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