Originally Posted by drewzn
After a few years of dreaming, we sold our house and are now official liveaboards! We closed on our house last week and moved on "Ronan", our 31' Pacific Seacraft
It was rather unexpected. We didn't plan to move aboard for another year, but we found out friends were looking to buy a house in our neighborhood. So, we sold them ours!
And the adventure begins!
Neat boat, congratulations! Look's like you're up in Maine
, living in a marina with shore power
1500w oil-filled radiator-type electric
space heater should keep you warm for such a small volume of space. Might consider wintercover/boomtent/tarp to keep the draft
out and the heat in. Clear plastic argricultural tarps or building wrap that is laminated with a woven scrim works fairly well and is relatively cheap
, use a zipper door to get in or out. Shrink wrap is great, but expensive and you throw it away in a landfill every year.
Your wife will appreciate it if you shop around for a smaller dehumidifier BEFORE the mold
ruins her clothes. Forget the desiccant stuff, not sufficient for two people livingaboard. People will say ventilation, but if your wife doesn't like cold air blowing on her a dehumidifier is the solution. I think ours only draws 4amps so there is still enough left over after the space heater that you can run the rest of your junk on 30amps shorepower.
For two people ours 3 quart dehumidifier pulls about 3 quarts in 24 hours, maybe a bigger one would pull out more. You can run a hose to the bilge
for the drain and let your bilge pump
get it, or just empty it like we do. If we go out of town I put it in the galley
and drain it in the sink. Ours has a fan which helps circulate the air which is helpful, it's shoved in the back by the quarter berth where it blows under the cockpit
on one side and out the other.
Depending on conditions you might need a bubbler, I saw one made from PVC pipe and an aquarium aerator once, DIY and a lot cheaper than the prop driven ones. Tide and traffic keeps our spot pretty ice free so I don't bother. I think it has to be thick before you have to worry.
Seawater temp around here never got below 32 often or for long, I didn't winterize but instead turned the engine
over every two or three weeks, which is better than not running it all winter if winterized. The diesel fuel
helps lube the internal parts
of the engine
, if it sits for too long a time it looses that protection. If it got really cold I pulled the engine cover off so it got cabin
heat, I suppose you could plug
in a 200w light bulb and leave it on in the engine compartment or something to that effect.
Maybe others have some thoughts. Good Luck!