Winter Navigation: challenges and wonders

Winter Navigation: challenges and wonders

Unless you choose to flee to warmer locations, sailing in winter represents a challenge against nature: low temperatures, few hours of light, and stormy weather put the owners’ body and spirit to the test.

Despite the difficulties, winter navigation has a particular charm: it is not just a question of continuing to sail instead of waiting for spring but also enjoying some things that only winter can offer.

For instance, there are fewer hours of sunshine, but the particular inclination of our planet during the winter months changes the incidence of sunlight and the landscape. When the sun comes out, it seems to shine with a particular light, casting long shadows that create fascinating chiaroscuro plays.

The sea and the sky take on a different aspect in winter, amplifying their majesty and solemnity. The owners feel the full weight of nature on their shoulders, but they come out invigorated instead of being crushed by it.

There is only silent water around them, while above them, the skies, bright or dull, are crossed by whole flocks of migratory birds, fleeing to the warm areas of our planet.

Furthermore, during the winter months, the owners can enjoy greater calm and serenity even when they come to land. The ports and coastal locations are emptied of tourists, revealing their true unspoiled nature and the charm of their history.

However, they must take the right precautions and know how to face this season’s struggles.

First, planning is key. Checking the weather and establishing timing and routes allow the owners not to be caught by bad weather and night, avoiding difficult sailing conditions such as rain, fog, and darkness that would challenge even the most experienced navigators.

The wind, indeed, can be challenging. During the winter, it can even double its strength compared to the summer!

Given these risks, it is also crucial to check the conditions and stocks of all safety equipment and the boat’s equipment in general before leaving.

The second priority is cold. Technical clothing allows the owners to keep the body warm without hindering their movements. It is also essential to periodically take breaks below deck to shelter, warm up, rest, and refresh, always keeping energy supplies and body heat high.

Heating systems inside the boat help keep the cabin warm and fight condensation and humidity, which are a critical factor when surrounded by water.

By following these tips, the owners can experience all the pleasure of winter navigation, surrounded by the comfort of their 34-ft. boat. 

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