Originally Posted by HUMBER P4VWL
With a boat that size so easy to tow and launch, don't winterise, just flush it and use it on those glorious winter days when it's clear blue, flat calm and fresh as. Just wrap up. You'll miss some of the best days of the year otherwise!
Totally agree, I use to keep my yacht in all year. Some of the best sailing days especially around the Solent can be had as it's so quiet BUT rounding the island can be very precarious and don't rely on weather forecasts. I know many people that have been caught out and have fought to safe themselves from very dangerous predicaments. For instance if the forecast says it will blow a 4-5, don't rely on that it can go much higher. Wait until conditions are near ideal, there is no rush and you will have a more enjoyable trip especially if you are taking family along - you don't want to put them off RIBbing.
Spoke to a guy last week that had a Searider and sold it after his last outing last year when wind and tide caught them out! It scared them for good! They didn't get much passed Chichester Bar either let alone around the the IOW. Also spoke to a guy who hit an unforeseen force 8 IN Chichester Harbour itself, said it was worse in the harbour than out
Tides can create Mary hell with sea conditions when the wind wants to play the devil as well.
Jump in when you have a few days stretch of good weather and you will have an enjoyable save trip