Trouble-Free Winter Sailing
As if meeting an invisible wall, the ice around a Chesapeake Bay marina is held at bay by a series of underwater bubblers.

Trouble-Free Winter Sailing


For most sailors the off-season begins on Labor Day, which is a shame because fall brings the best sailing of the year in many of parts of the country. Of course, extending the season also brings the risk of snow and ice on deck.

When the water turns hard, details matter. Frozen lines can jam, decks get slick with frost, and even minor heating and ventilation problems can be miserable or destructive. But assuming your preparations were thorough, there are pleasant days for sailing throughout the year.

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