Oh, with tens or hundreds of thousands of small boats, there must be quite a few whose owners are too old, too sick or too dead to look after their beloved. But this was one of the most striking examples, the owner didn't even remove the mainsail before the winter.
Aart, thank you for commenting. I can assure you that most Finns love our four clearly distinct seasons. Yesterday's newspaper ran an interview of an Indian engineer who works in Finland. The obvious question was how an Indian engineer copes with the Finnish winter. He said that he loves it, you can always cope with winter by putting more cloths on, and the winter is the reason why we love the summer. In India people hate the summer.
Thank you Kent. I know what you mean. When we were looking for our current sailboat (second-hand), we saw quite a few cases where the owner had simply lost interest. Shame. Sailboats are like pets, before you get one of them you should ask yourself if you have the patience to look after them.
Scott, thank you for commenting. It depends, at least this one was afloat in the spring when the ice melted. Almost everywhere in Finland we have a thick archipelago that locks the ice in place, so the storms cannot put pressure on the ice the way do in open places. But it is definitely good practice to lift boats on dry land well before the winter. With wood boats the reason is self-evident. And with fiberglass boats, osmosis tends to drive water in the glass fibers which freeze and expand in the winter, causing structural damage, at least in the long run.