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    Posted: 03 Sep 18 at 2:25pm
Hi all,

I'm new to these forums and I apologize if this topic doesn't belong here. I searched for existing posts and couldn't find anything.

I just bought my first dinghy (Topaz Vibe) and I plan to store it outside at the marina in the yard. What are the recommendations for preparing it for a safe storage during winter. I'm in Montreal so we're talking about lots of snow, ice and temperatures as cold as -30C (-22F). 

I'm planning on taking the sails, the rudder and centre board (as well as the sheets) home for storage at room temperature and away from the elements. Not sure if I should leave the mast/boom with the hull or not.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Anything you can get home do it, including mast and boom, I would turn it upside down, cover it, tie it down well, (knock stakes into the ground).
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Bungs in or bungs out, I wonder?
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In but loose?
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probably out, but tape gauze over holes prevent creatures getting in, apparently mice can get through a hole has small as a pencil.
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they will eat through the gauze if they want to get in.....

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I don't know about the Vibe, which is a different plastic, but the standard Topper dinghy gets horribly brittle at sub zero temperatures, to the extent that if its knocked hard it shatters. Its probably worth contacting the makers to see what they know about the plastic and v low temperatures, (perhaps not much!). If it is going to be vulnerable to damage when cold you'll want to bear that in mind when deciding where in the yard to put it.

Edited by JimC - 03 Sep 18 at 9:14pm
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