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Old 20 February 2013, 04:01   #11
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I use my Rib all year but it does sit for a few weeks at a time. I always make sure when it has been used and flushed to tilt the engine up and down a couple of times which expels quite a bit of water from the leg. My thought is less water in there less chance it can freeze and crack something.

I have never done this but wrapping an old blanket around the engine might offer a little insulation.
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Old 20 February 2013, 04:39   #12
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Im just wondering if I am being a bit too quick - NO

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Trim down the engine, otherwise the water inside the rigg will freeze.
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Old 20 February 2013, 16:52   #13
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Thanks guys, all help is much appreciated!

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Thanks guys, all help is much appreciated!

10 days till' we get wet!
Go out for a blast, if your b4lls drop off, it's too cold, don't do it again
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Old 21 February 2013, 06:32   #15
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I live in Widnes & work in Runcorn! Small world!!
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Old 21 February 2013, 14:44   #16
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Had mine out a few nights ago.....Piece of advice, take a pair of gloves - I didn't, and the Mrs was most smug about it with her lovely warm hands!
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Old 21 February 2013, 16:03   #17
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Just got back from Loch Lomond. On the last blast driving back to the marina the loch was frozen over. Literally breaking through the ice ribs fine no probs at all, you will be fine
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I was out on Monday & Tuesday doing a PB2 at new Brighton..... Weather was cold, ok with a dry suit but feet have never been so cold
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Piece of advice, take a pair of gloves
Always worth having a pair with good grippy palms on board — even better if they're spray-proof. In winter, I like to carry two pairs — one for grabbing things out of the water and the other just in case it gets cold with the wet pair on.

One of our other helms has a thick, neoprene pair that look rather good. Almost gauntlet-length. I think he said they were skiing gloves.

As for too early — I was out on New Year's day. Launched through about 3ft of cold surf. It's never too early! Just waiting for the Easter weekend when it all starts up again.
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Blimey, it is a small world - I live in Widnes as well!!!

Do you launch at Liverpool Sailing Club?
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