And no way should saltwater be freezing between the boats when the wind does finally drop below 25 knots and the harbor chop subsides. Heck, there are still guys out there surfing on First Beach. This sort pre-winter freeze may play well in Michigan, where the ice-boaters are rarin' to have at it. But in Newport, Rhode Island, I for one will say ice and boating just don't mix that well. Old Man Winter, your time will come, no reason to crash the party this damn early. Now mind those manners. OK?