I remember well my time chartering in South Norway
with my 60' alu. motor
We had a fixed mooring
spot in a sheltered but narrow canal at the foot of a large peninsula with a fair tidal stream running through. While this was keeping the canal ice free in the winter months,it also meant that a multitude of large and thick ice floes came drifting through. I had a couple of very long and sound boat hooks to fend off the floes when neccessary and remember getting up in the middle of the night to push away offending floes bumping into my flat transom,making sleep impossible.
Standing there in my pyjamas and slippers,snow covering my ancles and fending off the ice flows in a -23 C temberature,I remember saying to myself. "Hey,what are you doing here? Lost
Later,meeting my wife to be on the internet
,I spent the following two winters in Brazil
before moving here permanently. Still doing the odd trip out to the verandah checking the weather
,but now in +32 C. Still,I miss my live aboard time a lot....