Yachts & Yachting magazine

Winterlude

Coronavirus has played havoc with every aspect of our lives this year, including our ability to get out on the water. Though we had access to our boats from mid-June, it wasn’t until the first weeks of July that cruising could start again as restrictions on overnight stays were relaxed. Not surprisingly, marinas have reported “exceptionally high use” for berth holders desperate to get back on the water and make the most of their boats.

But despite the fine weather midsummer, it is still a drastically curtailed sailing season. So rather than getting the boat hauled out in October, many sailors are reportedly looking to extend their boating activities. Marinas have been quick to spot the trend, and many are offering discounts and promotions to those who keep their boats in the water this winter. The offers range from cut-price scrub-offs to pay-as-you-go berthing.

“Boating is a great outdoor activity

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