I am in Frenchmans Bay 17 miles east of Toronto. We have 40 liveaboards here this winter and I am in my 11th year.
Frenchman Bay marina was built as a winter liveaboard marina.
is not turned off, they drop the lines 3 feet and I use a heated line to the boat inlet.
There is a travelling pumpout to do your holding tanks
as often as you need.
We have very reliable electricity, I have had only one outage in winter in ten years.
There are several bars and restaurants within a 5 minute walk and they love boaters.
is deep and does not freeze so th harbour never fully freezes as well. I use an ice eater but no more than 25 days a year, some do not even have ice eaters.
I do shrinkwrap to save the heat being stripped by the wind
and for personal comfort but many don't.
So, in a nutshell, we liveaboard here properly with running water and onboard showers and head
all winter. I only go to the showerhouse to do laundry
There is a huge DVD
and book exchange in the showerhouse as well and we have cable and internet
available at each slip.
This winter they are building a new harbour entrance that will triple the water exchange into our bay. This means even less ice next winter as Lake Ontario
seldom goes below 40 degrees F.
OK, I would rather be in Key Largo
but since I am still working for several more years this is a very comfortable way to spend the time.