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Old 13-01-2010, 17:36   #1
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We're cruising on a 31' Allied Seawind and have been thinking (as most of us do) of a bigger boat. It's been exceptionally cold here in Florida which makes us think seriously of more space below. Instead of doing that (we love our little ketch), does anybody have some tips on how to make life on a small boat easier?
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Old 13-01-2010, 18:14   #2
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Sorry for the weather...seems most are going to blame the weather on the neighbour to the north...yup, that's where it came from. My boat is shorter but bigger inside...and 6 tons. I recommend that anything you have not touched in the last year...get rid of it. I am an apartment dweller and have soo many things that I havent touched in a year...most would be gone. Not letting my guitar go yet. I will get the chance to live aboard someday soon.
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Old 13-01-2010, 18:19   #3
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I have seen a lot of boat (particularly from up north) with full canvas cockpit encloses. This seems like a good way to make a temp sun room and add an extra room to your boat for the winter season when you are mostly tied to the dock anyway.

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Old 13-01-2010, 18:28   #4
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Go to a marina plug into shore and set up a nice ceramic heater. Get some good wine, get your fave food, a good book.

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Old 13-01-2010, 19:55   #5
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my little ketch suits nicely.
I hang a quilt like everyone else does in stead of those darn slats in the door.
Tarps over hatchs to keep wind out and warmth in. cassorols in the oven insted of saldes etc,,
Matter of fact im going aft to climb under the blankets no.
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Old 14-01-2010, 18:23   #6
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To keep the boat warmer, park her facing the wind. Then you have good control over how much ventilation (and cold!) you let in and when. We found that with some action and improvisation cold can be kept outside (and fun). One cool, errr - warm! ;-) trick is to place the heater so that it not only heats but at the same time forces the air to move by its own nature (heating the cold air and leting it drop by gravitation elsewhere). This way it takes more time to warm up the interior but the temperature is even throughout the interior an the comfort goes way up.

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Old 14-01-2010, 21:23   #7
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great small stoves for cooking/heating www.marinestove.com
can be made to order in porcelain in various colors.
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Old 14-01-2010, 23:52   #8
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Yeah, I lust for one of those stoves. But ... the one with the oven, tghe tgrue cookstove, costs 2875 in plain black iron. Right. Sigh. In my schooner, I had a Tiny Tot wood burning heater, and it was nice to have, but pretty ugly. These stoves by marinestove are very lovely pieces, especially if you pauperize yourself and have them made with porcelain finishes....
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Old 15-01-2010, 04:00   #9
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Have a Newport solid fuel stove,cute & efficient.Something odd about sailor cutting firewood though.marc
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Old 15-01-2010, 04:50   #10
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I've been looking at bulkhead mounted diesel heaters. Small footprint, lot of hrs per gallon. Kind of pricey at $700 but am planning on some northern cruising in next few years. I'm also thinking of installing an engine heater. Why not take a small car rediator or heater core and rig one up. Could even heat cockpit and defogger on windscreen(we have tight enclosure.) Would be great on ICW when motoring.
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Old 15-01-2010, 09:23   #11
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My schooner had a large laarette in which I could carry lots of firewood. Yeah, it is pretty cool to anchor at some island and just gather dry branches and such for fuel. In my boats there are no engines, so diesel heaters are out. And kerosene heaters seem to put out too much moisture. Wood heat is best. Keeps the boat dry and cozy, even in winter. Nothing like a good book, hot tea and a wood fire when the snow is a foot deep on deck and tha anchor rode is nearly frozen. I am ready to go again ....
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oh I sooooo want one of these with the alcohol burner inset... but we have no room on our baby cruiser....

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Keep sailing south????
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I agree with the last comment, "keep sailing south" I lived in a marina in San Diego for twelve years and believe it or not we had ice on the docks during winter. I used a plug in small room electric heater and usually had to open the hatches because it got to hot. Underway I stayed withing the 20's and at night it was cold even their. I found that a solid dodger to break the wind way indispensable I also has side curtains on the cockpit area and my extra fuel in jerry jugs was lashed across the stern. I thus could duck out of the spray and wind. I usually sat in a sleeping bag at night laying thrawt ships at the companion way was the best. The problem with fuel type stoves is spillage and smell. Choose wisely if you choose this option and go on other boats with heaters before you buy.
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Cross over to the Bahamas where it's warmer and you can have a free fire on the beach. I'd say it's been about 10-15 degrees warmer on this side of the stream in the Abacos. Warmer yet in the Exumas.

I also have a little propane heater for those really cold nights. It screws onto a 1 lb propane bottle. It was about $50.
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