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storing dinghy over winter

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Forum Name: Beginner questions
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Topic: storing dinghy over winter
Posted By: wolfram
Subject: storing dinghy over winter
Date Posted: 20 Nov 21 at 11:08am
Hi All, Is it essential to store dinghy under cover over the winter, or can I leave it in the boat park?

if you recommend indoor storage - where do you get such a thing and how much does it cost?

if the boat park is OK - what are the sensible precautions to take?


Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 20 Nov 21 at 11:57am
It depends on the dinghy and how well its protected.

Frost and freezing of damp wood are killers of wood boats, polyester and glass fibre take little harm again especially if dry and covered (but note some nominally glass fibre boats, especially older ones, have some plywood in them), Toppers and perhaps other thermoplastic boats get very brittle in sub zero temperatures.

Posted By: PeterG
Date Posted: 20 Nov 21 at 12:00pm
Turn it upside down, with good ventilation underneath if possible, if leaving it in the park.

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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 20 Nov 21 at 12:20pm
Lift the front of the boat off the floor, put something under the stern to protect it from the floor, take all the drain plugs out, remove any ropes you can, put anything you can remove indoors, make sure their are no sags in the cover that could cause pooling, if possible tie the boat down, stop it blowing over.


Posted By: Grumpycat
Date Posted: 20 Nov 21 at 1:08pm
My advice is .

1) Buy the best cover you can afford.
2) Leave you boat so any water that does get in can drain out .
3) Find a inland club to sail at. In someways this is the best time of year to sail , why miss it . Most consistent wind and no leaves on the trees . Big smile
PS But donít forget to get a good wet or dry suit if you donít already have one . 

Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 22 Nov 21 at 10:08am
Just sail it every weekend like you would in the summer. Seems to work for me

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Posted By: Grumpycat
Date Posted: 22 Nov 21 at 12:36pm
Originally posted by H2

Just sail it every weekend like you would in the summer. Seems to work for me

Thatís exactly how I feel too .

I totally understand why a lot of sea clubs donít sail thought the winter.
I also understand why clubs in the 50s/60/70s didnít sail in the winter. Maintenance needed to be done on wood boats and more importantly winter clothing was poor.

But in this day and age I have no idea why all inland clubs donít sail all year round ? 
Unusually for me ,I am not being grumpy about this LOL.
I am just interested in why some inland clubs still shut up shop for two to three months in the winter in 2021. 

Posted By: GybeFunny
Date Posted: 22 Nov 21 at 1:34pm
My inland club stops in Jan/Feb so we can have working parties and get work done on the clubhouse and lake-side. If there was racing there would be very few entrants, the keenies amongst us decamp to another local lake for those 2 months as they still sail there.

Posted By: iGRF
Date Posted: 22 Nov 21 at 3:15pm
Be wary of Otters/Minks taking up residence they make a mess. Don't leave the hatch covers open (if you have them)

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