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Old 23-12-2004, 13:18   #16
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The extreme!

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Current Temperature in Thunder Bay is -25 Deg.F.
Wind Chill is -50 Deg. F.
Life sucks - and blows !!!

3 out 4 of my car doors are frozen “closed” - the power windows won’t close (but the batsrads* will open.
Gord, that takes the cake for some of the most extreme cold conditions I have ever heard someone living aboard in. If I could send you a hot chocolate as an email attachment I would!
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Old 23-12-2004, 16:31   #17
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"Sadly, (we too) are between boats".
Not living aboard right now.
"Civilized" folk don't go North (or South) of Lat. 28.

Happy Holidays all !!!

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Old 23-12-2004, 18:19   #18
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Winter in the tropics

It was 90 plus today. The palm trees are decorated for Christmas. Don't mean to rub it in, but we are so happy that we made the decsion to come way south.

Feliz Navidad

PS just sent a private message. Would be happy to chat. We are definately not a charter cat. Didn't you see the daily laundry hanging from lines and the bum on deck....that was me!
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Old 19-01-2005, 12:19   #19
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We have been in a cold spell here. I have been pounding the ice from around the boat everyday. The bubbelers have been moved and the ice problem is solved. I hate winter!
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Old 10-09-2009, 18:11   #20
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If the ice is there it will soon be here in New England. I was thinking of keeping my 25 foot O'day in the water in a marina off Greenwich Bay, thats 12 miles north of New Port, RI. There a a hand full of liveaboards that leave their boats in the water all winter and live on the boat. It's a cheap deal at 20.00 bucks a foot for six months. They say that the salt water may freeze, but it will not harm the hull of my boat. If it really gets cold and the ice gets thick it makes a great cradle.... Does anyone know the minus's of doing this. the livaboards there say it will be fine. anybody got an opinion on way or the other. It will surely save me a ton of money to stay in the water.
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Old 10-09-2009, 18:20   #21
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I have kept my boats in the water in Connecticut for the past 19 years with no ill effects. If the water freezes, I would use a bubbler but if the locals don't, I guess it will be OK.
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I have heard that the pressure of the ice can squeeze a hull and cause structural damages. best of luck.
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Old 10-09-2009, 18:53   #23
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I have heard that the pressure of the ice can squeeze a hull and cause structural damages
Crack it like an egg actually. Don't get yourself froze in. You'll pay in the spring when the ice starts to move. Huge forces!
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Old 10-09-2009, 20:08   #24
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Holy thread from the dead, people! The last post before avril25's was 2005. Canada isn't that cold- the Great Lakes won't freeze completely until mid-January or so, & they won't even start freezing until mid December. As a matter of fact, we're having absolutley beautiful weather here right now- better than July was (less rain). It was about 27 Celcius today, with temps about 10 Celcius overnight.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:14   #25
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Hey Ya know....I did't even notice the date of that last post, but I've been looking for a discussion on ice and boats. Has any one ever let their boat stay in the water in the winter. I'm interested in any opinions fresh or salt water. I hear some people use bubblers of some kind, do they work? Has anyone stayed in new england through the winter on he water. What was it like?
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Yes, yes, yes, & cold.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:27   #27
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I havve lived aboard in Stony Point , New York ( on the Hudson River) for the past 14 years. I learned that there are a few things that you have to do to have a decent living environment. First, I had the boat shrink wrapped in the water, with CLEAR shrink wrap, this gives you a tremendous amount of heat gain during the day. Second, I invested in a water circulator (bubbler) and deployed it at the bow of the boat so that the stream of water would "wash" along the hull from bow to stern. I sprung for the thermostically controled circulator, this kept electric usage to a minimum. Third, I used a propane heater for my primary heat. Two 30 pound propane tanks, with a automatic switch over regulator was the fuel source. Each tank would last about 5-7 days, obviously dependant on outside temps. When one ran dry, it could be removed for filling wthout shutting down the heat in the boat. I always had a source of fresh air by opening a port or cracking a hatch, under the shrink wrap. I also had two of the radiator, oil filled type electric heaters turned on very low, as a back up to the propane system. Fourth, I put fans in lockers and anywhere I could access the hull interior. I avoided adding moisture to the environment by using the marina facilities for showers. All in all, I think that I enjoyed a very comfortable existance aboard. I did also enjoy the amenities of telephone, satillite TV and internet connections. I would reccomend the lifestyle to anyone.........as long as you can give up on the idea of living on dirt!
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Made me think of the movie "Bubble Boy", and Trvolta in "The boy in the plastic bubble".

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I havve lived aboard in Stony Point , New York ( on the Hudson River) for the past 14 years. I learned that there are a few things that you have to do to have a decent living environment. First, I had the boat shrink wrapped in the water, with CLEAR shrink wrap, this gives you a tremendous amount of heat gain during the day. Second, I invested in a water circulator (bubbler) and deployed it at the bow of the boat so that the stream of water would "wash" along the hull from bow to stern. I sprung for the thermostically controled circulator, this kept electric usage to a minimum. Third, I used a propane heater for my primary heat. Two 30 pound propane tanks, with a automatic switch over regulator was the fuel source. Each tank would last about 5-7 days, obviously dependant on outside temps. When one ran dry, it could be removed for filling wthout shutting down the heat in the boat. I always had a source of fresh air by opening a port or cracking a hatch, under the shrink wrap. I also had two of the radiator, oil filled type electric heaters turned on very low, as a back up to the propane system. Fourth, I put fans in lockers and anywhere I could access the hull interior. I avoided adding moisture to the environment by using the marina facilities for showers. All in all, I think that I enjoyed a very comfortable existance aboard. I did also enjoy the amenities of telephone, satillite TV and internet connections. I would reccomend the lifestyle to anyone.........as long as you can give up on the idea of living on dirt!
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:27   #29
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It's good to have a winter mooring downstream from a power plant.
In any event, we won't be putting her away for the winter until the second week of November.
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Made me think of the movie "Bubble Boy", and Trvolta in "The boy in the plastic bubble".

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Have you seen some of the power boats on the waterways that are encapusalated in clear plastic. Enjoying the great outdoors from the comfort of their airconditioned/heated bubbles. Interesting
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