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Old 13 January 2016, 16:58   #1
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How cold is cold

OK so I have spied a new window of opportunity to run in the engine, this Sunday. Now the tides aren't perfect but should be fine at about 2 hours after low tide at Mersea Island. Wind and wave currently looking good. Only challenge is the cold... Not for me, I care not about the cold, but for my boy. I'm looking after him on Sunday so he's gotta come too. He will love it so long as he doesn't get miserably cold... it's likely to be about 3 degrees before we're even sitting at 15knots.

He's 5. Am I crazy to wrap him up and go for it? Will it be absolutely freezing?

I don't want to risk putting him off future trips by subjecting him to freezing weather for 2 hours + but I really can't anticipate how cold it might get, sitting in a boat in the open water.

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Old 13 January 2016, 17:10   #2
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OK so I have spied a new window of opportunity to run in the engine, this Sunday. Now the tides aren't perfect but should be fine at about 2 hours after low tide at Mersea Island. Wind and wave currently looking good. Only challenge is the cold... Not for me, I care not about the cold, but for my boy. I'm looking after him on Sunday so he's gotta come too. He will love it so long as he doesn't get miserably cold... it's likely to be about 3 degrees before we're even sitting at 15knots.

He's 5. Am I crazy to wrap him up and go for it? Will it be absolutely freezing?

I don't want to risk putting him off future trips by subjecting him to freezing weather for 2 hours + but I really can't anticipate how cold it might get, sitting in a boat in the open water.

Thoughts?
That is a bit Chilly for one so young out on the open water..specially if you consider the windchill.
For me when mine were young....I always tried to make the first experience be it Boating...Fishing....Judo..Rugby ect as enjoyable as possible!
They've got plenty of enthusiasm at that age,but little experience!...I reckon you already know the score.
IMO Very easy to put em off,which may create negativity in the future.
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Old 13 January 2016, 17:10   #3
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New boat or new engine being run in, 5 year old probably excited, 3m boat, cold weather, even colder water, probably dont have a dry suit, personally i wouldnt but thats just my opinion.
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I wouldn't go for it...you should always assume the worst case scenario. What if the engine conks out and you're stranded for several hours? Or the boat sinks?

Boating this time of year, I wear my drysuit just in case I take an unexpected plunge.
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Old 13 January 2016, 19:09   #5
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Important note: I think I mentioned before access to the pontoon may be restricted currently due to pile repair work.


You say you're looking after your boy on Sunday so he'd have to come along... does that mean just you and him... if so I'd say no.

And if it were a beach launch into open sea I'd say no.

However if mum will be along too knowing Mersea I'd consider it. Launch around 1pm and have a couple of hours out which will give you the best of the day... perhaps even some sun... and there will be enough water to launch OK at that time.

Just have him well wrapped up with hat and gloves and mum can shelter him.

Notherly light wind should give easy sea conditions and if you're worried it's colder than expected just have the stage 1/2 running in around the moorings and up the creek to the limit free area to get on the plane a few times.

As I say of Mersea with a hard surface launch into calm water and nice pontoon for passengers to embark with dry feet it's all very civilised and you can do as much or as little as you want according to how it feels once the boat's launched and on the pontoon.

You could even drop mum and lad off at the pontoon after 20mins out so they could have a flask of drink on one of the seats while they watch you go back on your own for a nip about.
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I just had to put 2 logs on me fireplace after just reading this post.
I'm a old Connecticut Yank that is no stranger to cold temps and small boats, but no way I would bring me boy on a trip like that.

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No way take the little lad, nor would I go myself TBH!
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I'd wrap him up well, pack some sandwiches & a hot drink. Put the boat in & just go for a pootle close inshore, make an adventure of it. Go out, give it 10 mins, have your sarnies & drink, chug about until he's had enough & call it a day.
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Cheers chaps - I think I'll call it on the day and formulate a back-up plan should it simply be too cold. Wind & wave forecast getting calmer every day, even the forecasted temp is up a few degrees to 7.5

My ethos has always been per Pikey Dave above, but, other than Antarctica many years ago I've not been in a SIB in very cold weather and can't really recall how cold cold was and whether it would be too cold for the boy.
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I'd wrap him up well, pack some sandwiches & a hot drink. Put the boat in & just go for a pootle close inshore, make an adventure of it. Go out, give it 10 mins, have your sarnies & drink, chug about until he's had enough & call it a day.
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sound advice from dave if youve got to go. i took my boy with me every where i went i wanted him to have the chance to see whats out there and then make his own mind up as he grew older.but at five he needs a lot of care good clothes & boots all as dave said and chemical hand warmes are good one in each pocket. just be sensible and know when he's had enough unless he's hard as nails then it might be you throwing the towel in ha!

i was over at denver yesterday at the cut off channel and it was bitter loads of boats moored up no one out.

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