In Texas we have all that, but less cold
1. For some reason, even though the weather stays warm enough for boating all year round, during the school year, and especially after the first fall coldfront, the more casual boaters don’t think of going out on the water again until late Spring (and that makes up most of the boaters), even though the weather often warms up to the 60s and 70s for decent stretches. Another great part of boating in the winter down here is the tides are more extreme, so often kayaks are the only boats that can get anywhere in West Bay, where I paddle. Keeps the powerboats away. Of course, even in summer its a big bay system, and then there is always the ocean, so its easy to get away.
2. I’m not sure what oil canning is.
3. True enough, even down here we don’t need too much ice for our lunches in the winter.
4. Don’t usually need one as I paddle SOTs in shallow water most of the time.
5. We don’t have ice or rocks down here, though we do have oyster reefs to watch out for.