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Old 24-11-2013, 14:46   #16
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If you haven't, already, you might also post in the other forum, too. Folks over there have been asking after your progress

I start commissioning our boat in March, as early as I can stand it. (Mostly the "cold hands" problem that comes with arthritis and old age.) It's often "fresh" out there at that time of the year, not particularly comfortable... Not impossible, just not necessarily fun all the time.

I guess I'd say if you're going to make the trip, too, along with your delivery captain, you'd probably get off to a more enjoyable maiden voyage (not counting sea trial) if you wait a bit.

If it needs some specific work in the meantime, there are probably good folks near where the boat is... and in any case, that'd give you much more time to sort out the "furnace" idea later in the year.

-Chris
Good advice. I was actually thinking of letting someone down there install the heat, before I take the trip up, but I was reminded by my Mom that if there is a problem with the system, that I would want to be near the installer.

I guess I'll have to wait and see what exactly the boat will need. Nothing obvious at the moment, except of course, the cosmetic stuff, which I plan to do myself anyhow
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Old 24-11-2013, 14:48   #17
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being allergic as i am to coldville, i think ye should wait until it is a lil more comfortable to go...this is a tough life or the uninitiated.
cold on water on a boat can be a major bitch. not just frozen water around you, but your feet will be warmed by that cold water. gods dont make thick enough uggs for that one.
i think you may wish to depart at a time when the hard water outside your boat is a little bit softer on your feet, and a tad less noisey on your hull.
when regular uggs still work at keeping your feet a little bit warm and the icebergs are somewhat smaller, and fit inside a glass.......


Missed u guys...and gals!
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Old 24-11-2013, 14:52   #18
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I f it were me I would wait until April. After you purchase... Consider getting any work done near where the boat is located now....probably better climate to get repairs made. Then during those two months consider going down for some long weekends and maybe take some lessons. Before you know it conditions will be much better for a safe passage to Boston.
Great idea!!! Weekend lessons...and a nice excuse to get out of town for a few days
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Good to hear. Best wishs! If you have questions let us know.
Thanks Phil!!!
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Old 24-11-2013, 15:06   #20
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hay girl.. glad ye didnt do something dum like find a man..... them things can be a lil distracting sometimes....

Nope...Not me again


especially when you are on a mission........


buy many pairs of uggs.....
I told my Mom that I refuse to purchase a new winter coat, because it will be a waste being that this will be my last winter freezing No coat, no boots. I'm getting the he** out of here.
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Old 24-11-2013, 15:31   #21
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Honestly, I wouldn't want to make the trip from the South up to Boston until about May. The weather's too rough offshore before then (and sometimes in May, also). The passing northers make a trip up the Gulf Stream dangerous. (If you get caught out in a northerly gale with the counter-flowing current, the waves get gnarly. And those gales blow through every few days until May.)

So you'd probably be coming up the ICW, Chesapeake, Long Island Sound, Buzzard's Bay. That's still quite an adventure in May for a first-timer. Fog, cold water, rocks, ship traffic, New York harbor.

By June it's a lot nicer trip.

Maybe get an experienced crew to help you. You might have more fun! Enjoy the new boat!
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Old 24-11-2013, 16:38   #22
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You could make it by picking your weather but you don't want to be offshore in freezing temperatures as the spray freezes on the deck. I've been there. Wouldn't do it again...

I'd consider moving the boat up to Baltimore. Nice city. $39 flights back and forth to Boston. It's not warm but you don't have to erect a plastic cover over the whole boat and shovel the docks like they do in Boston.

Years ago I spent a January in Baltimore. Slip rates were very negotiable. Be sure to check if pump out and water are available at the slip.
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Old 25-11-2013, 09:40   #23
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What ever brand heating you get make sure there is parts and service for it in your area as it should be serviced each year. Most of the time itís just to clean up the injectors, igniter and burn tube which takes about Ĺ hour. If there is no parts and service then make sure you at least carry the parts. Even though Sure Marine is in Seattle I still carry the main control box, water heat sensors, fuel/water filters, and rebuild kit.

We been down in the 20ís and low 40 for the last couple of weeks, so having a good heating system is a must. Last Friday night it was wind, rainy and cold my wife mentioned it would be nice to have a fire place for ambiance as we cuddles in our quilts with a good book. We bought a fake electric fire place that is really does look like a fire and gives a cozy feeling. We been using 10+ gallons of diesel a week, so itís no cheap, but the entire boat is dry and warm. Thursday for the first time this year they turned of the water, so I top off the tanks. During the winter I keep the water tanks topped off.

In the past we have discussion what it takes to be a live aboard, talk to live a boards and hopefully you are walking the marina/dock this winter to get a sense of being a live a board. We had another couple move off their boat and another couple has their boat for sail, which will leaves us once again the only live aboard on our dock.

Anyway good to hear from you, Season Greeting and God Bless.
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Hi Phil!
Meme, GG's mom here. We are down that Marina so often, I think they think we're stalkers, LOL.
We've even chatted a few times with a couple of liveaboards, picking their brain, that is how we came to find out our cats would be OK, as this couple had two cats. That was a huge relief for us.
There is no better conversation started than asking about someone's animals,
people love talking bout their dogs & cats, hehe!
Thanks for the continued good wishes, it is heart warming.
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What ever brand heating you get make sure there is parts and service for it in your area as it should be serviced each year. Most of the time itís just to clean up the injectors, igniter and burn tube which takes about Ĺ hour. If there is no parts and service then make sure you at least carry the parts. Even though Sure Marine is in Seattle I still carry the main control box, water heat sensors, fuel/water filters, and rebuild kit.

We been down in the 20ís and low 40 for the last couple of weeks, so having a good heating system is a must. Last Friday night it was wind, rainy and cold my wife mentioned it would be nice to have a fire place for ambiance as we cuddles in our quilts with a good book. We bought a fake electric fire place that is really does look like a fire and gives a cozy feeling. We been using 10+ gallons of diesel a week, so itís no cheap, but the entire boat is dry and warm. Thursday for the first time this year they turned of the water, so I top off the tanks. During the winter I keep the water tanks topped off.

In the past we have discussion what it takes to be a live aboard, talk to live a boards and hopefully you are walking the marina/dock this winter to get a sense of being a live a board. We had another couple move off their boat and another couple has their boat for sail, which will leaves us once again the only live aboard on our dock.

Anyway good to hear from you, Season Greeting and God Bless.
Thanks Phil. You always offer good useful advice. I appreciate that.
Maybe I can get the installer to show me how to service the furnace myself
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Old 25-11-2013, 19:50   #26
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GG, Connie and I have done a delivery or 2 in the winter weather. It's doable, If ya have heat in the pilot house and the saloon ya can do it ok! It's not hard to sleep in a cold stateroom with lots of blankets! But ya want to be able to relax when your off duty, and be at least semi-warm when ya are at the wheel! As I don't know the boat or it's equipment, it's really hard to make suggestions!! But it would be doable if the running gear is good and is capable of winter weather running! A little more info would be better if ya can! LOL To me running gear is much more important then the time of year !! Just my old guys 2 cents
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Old 26-11-2013, 10:42   #27
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Hi Phil!
Meme, GG's mom here. We are down that Marina so often, I think they think we're stalkers, LOL.
We've even chatted a few times with a couple of liveaboards, picking their brain, that is how we came to find out our cats would be OK, as this couple had two cats. That was a huge relief for us.
There is no better conversation started than asking about someone's animals,
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Thanks for the continued good wishes, it is heart warming.

You said they HAD CATS? Doesnít sound very positive!

At the dock cats will do fine, itís under way that is the concern as they can hide and get through the smallest places. We thought we lost our grand daughters cat as it liked to walk the railings. Big SAD drama! An hour later the cat appears. Big HAPPY drama.

What miss a chance to buy a new coat, cloths and/or shoes? I do not blame you on the Uggs as they do not fit well, no heels and ugly. I have an image/reputation to up hold.

Last night my wife and I did some year end and retirement planning. Plan to retire next July. My wife wants to be a snow bird, so we are not sure what we will do with the boat. If we do not live on it, its hard to justify the cost of ownership. This is our 18th year.

Anyway, Happy Hoidays!
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Hi GG, nice to see you back and still as determined as ever.
For what it's worth I would leave the boat down South for the winter, spend some time with the "to do" list, take some lessons and get familiar with it before coming North.

I know it's darned hard all the waiting, my new boat is on the hard in New Brunswick for the winter, I wasn't confident enough to sail her back solo to Newfoundland this year, also my insurance demands she is hauled by December 1st until March 31st...sooo I'm swatting up on navigation and map reading etc while watching the sea ice building across the bay just outside my window, cabin fever will be severe this year!!

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Old 26-11-2013, 23:07   #29
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For more than 50 years before I moved Northwest I lived and sailed and powered all year(winter included) in the areas you would be passing through. Chesapeake bay ICW up to NY and LI sound and southern New England. While I could with a good crew and a sound boat make a winter trip I would probably opt not to. It would be extra risk and possibly very uncomfortable. I would need a very compelling reason to ignore my better judgement on the matter particularly with a unknown(power ) boat that I had not had time to shake down properly. From the posts I think you are getting the idea that a winter lay over in the Chesapeake or south of CB is the smart move. This gives you the option to get acquainted with the boat shake it down and do whatever refit is needed before the trip north. If you don't rush north you will find lots of good places to stop on the way and will be in company of the Snow Birds returning from Florida. I have followed several of your previous posts. While you have often asked and hinted at some way out newbie( undiplomatic dumb) questions you have not yet done anything rash and I suspect you will sort all this out.
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Last night my wife and I did some year end and retirement planning. Plan to retire next July. My wife wants to be a snow bird, so we are not sure what we will do with the boat. If we do not live on it, its hard to justify the cost of ownership. This is our 18th year.

Anyway, Happy Hoidays!
Phil, were does your wife want to live during winter? Mexico?

Your not considering selling your boat?
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