|That cockpit scupper icicle may date from 2013.|
While it's become common knowledge that this winter in North America has been severe, it's even more common to make jokes about the shortness of human memory concerning weather. It's been only moderately snowy, if my own memory serves, but a feature of our "now with added climate change" weather of the last quarter-century has been prolonged periods of thaws or at least a day or two of 10C weather every two weeks, enough to cut well into the accumulated snowpack (a term usually reserved for ski country).
|The snow is a good 30-40 cm. deep all over the boat. The wind has eroded the snowbank over the coaming only a bit. On the port side, it's well over the tops of the primaries. At least the "boom brake" seems to have stayed put.|
|My impression that we've had a lot of easterly weather this winter seems to be correct.|
|That was not either loose snow or a conveniently dislodged big chunk of ice. It was a frosty amalgam of nasty.|
That's been my experience, anyway.
|Not pink lemonade, but a chunk of water from the mast atop a substrate of antifreeze. Very Canadian.|
|It only looks like the boat of a clumsy cocaine smuggler.|
|Well, the charger's still working.|
I realize now that we've had a historically typical winter, and that most of the winters during which I've got a lot of work done have been unusually warm (or rather, warm enough in which to do outside work or unheated inside work) and sufficiently dry in that the snow that happened went away for days at a time. Not this year. A dropboard makes a lousy shovel. May your fair winds be frost-free.