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I have been wondering how suitable Tiki 21 is for sailing in subarctic climate, such as in the waters of the Nordic countries. Any experiences?

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Well that was a few weeks back. It was a nice late weekend and we were lucky. I wouldn't want to be out now! 

I'm about to spend two weeks on Beto in the conditions in question. 40-60 F. I'll give you a report on it all afterwards if you want, Timo. The Tiki in 20 knots is reasonably dry if you put a reef in the main and jib. Here is an idea of it. The 21 is my favorite boat.......but I will commit blasphemy and admit that I'm getting a Corsair next!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKXdNz4lanU

Wow Brad, two weeks in 40-60°F (around 5-15°C)! Yes, I'm curious to read your report if you have time to write it. I'm more into plywood than fibreglass, so no Corsairs to me, please. :)

Hi Brad, how were those couple of weeks aboard with low temps? Thank you

Brad Ingram said:

I'm about to spend two weeks on Beto in the conditions in question. 40-60 F. I'll give you a report on it all afterwards if you want, Timo. The Tiki in 20 knots is reasonably dry if you put a reef in the main and jib. Here is an idea of it. The 21 is my favorite boat.......but I will commit blasphemy and admit that I'm getting a Corsair next!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKXdNz4lanU

Moi Timo, another Finn here

On Lake Päijänne (gentler winds than the Baltic Sea)  I haven't had problems when sailing in early October, though I sail a bit bigger boat: Tiki 31 has four small cabins (I can almost sit upright in them). We haul her out around Ocotber 5th because it is nicer to prepare for winter before sub-zero temperature.

I guess the capacity to carry spare clothing is relevant. My only offshore trip so far was on a Wharram Tanenui (28 feet?) from Uusimaa to Bornholm in May, in quite a chilly weather. We had only little rain during the four days sail (two nights sleeping briefly in marinas), but when we arrived, I had a lot of wet wool with me. However we had almost comically huge, warm neoprene rescue suits. They were a total overkill, but at some point I started to sleep in mine on the deck instead of crawling into my cabin and sleeping bag. But in general I agree with Ian's point about layered sailing clothing.

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Oh, this was an old thread that popped up. Well, it's not irrelevant.

Hi Panu,
Good idea to sleep in the neoprene suit on deck. I wonder how many days one could be inside a neoprene suit before starts melting into the skin :)
I wonder how Rory McDougall was sleeping during the Jester Challenge crossing the Atlantic and in his circumnavigation aboard his "Cooking  Fat" Tiki 21.

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