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Old 12-09-2011, 14:52   #1
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What Fares Well ?

To all the liveaboard friends out there:
What boats fare well during the cold weather up here in NJ/NY area?
All HO's, suggestions, advices welcome! Waterlily...
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Old 12-09-2011, 15:14   #2
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Re: What fares well?

The ones with big heaters...bet you didnt know that did ya.?just kidding..I dont really know ..but good luck..be safe..DVC
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Old 12-09-2011, 16:23   #3
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Re: What fares well?

The ones that go south for the winter.
This doesn't help either but I just couldn't resist.
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Old 13-09-2011, 06:52   #4
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Thanks for the "advice"...
Glad to know people still have sense of humor...
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Old 13-09-2011, 06:56   #5
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Re: What fares well?

Since the water will always be warmer than the air in mid-winter, anything with a steel hull. Conduction is so much more efficient than radiation.
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Old 13-09-2011, 12:09   #6
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It's been about 40 years since I spent a winter on board a sailboat in the NE winter, it did hit 27deg in St. Augustine last January. Steel is not a good idea because you will be sitting in 36deg water with temps in the low 20s. If you are in a slip then electric heaters should keep you warm and dry. The only thing worse than frost on the inside of a tent is frost on the inside of your boat. If you are on a mooring then plan on plenty of propane but it probably won't matter because the dingy ride will kill you first. Most of your heat loss will be verticle through your deck and any openings. rather than pick a boat for how well it will get you through the winter I would choose one for how well it does in the summer, that's when the perfomance matters.
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