I've lived aboard a bit further north [Prince William Sound, Alaska] off and on for 20 years. Now we are further south in Wrangell, Alaska
Regarding comfort, it sounds like you have all the pre-requisites. [Heat, water, fuel, etc.] One thing not often mentioned is the importance of ventilation- especially
in cooler climates. If you don't ventilate [i.e., waste a bit of heat...] you will be living in a damp, moldy environment
that often takes a while to manifest- so people don't see it coming until it arrives... It also helps to insulate the hull
and underside of the deck
to reduce condensation
. But even if insulated, make sure to ventilate well... [i.e., don't close your dorades and solar vents no matter how tempting it might be when the wind
is howling during the blizzard...]
Consider using a pressure cooker to reduce cooking
fuel and water consumption
, as well as release of moisture into the cabin...
, the safe way to determine this is to live aboard at the dock
, but off the grid [unplugged] as though you are at anchor
. Keep your routines as you might prefer them [e.g., take daily showers, etc.] and monitor
your consumption. You can always plug
into shore power to charge the batteries, and turn on the host to fill the water tanks...
Some personal examples: I lived aboard for a few winters in Valdez, Alaska
where the temps averaged teens above zero F, but reached teens below zero for weeks at a time. During that period I averaged 1.5 gal/day heating oil
[Sigmar bulkhead heater] in my Valiant Esprit 37. Since I had to haul water and fuel on a sled to the boat [it was frozen-in at those temps...] I knew I was consuming precisely 5 gallons/day/person including lots of hot beverages and daily [Navy] showers.
When I anchored out, I had to go ashore and haul fresh water from flowing streams between cold spells.
I also spent 2 winters in northern WA state (Semiahmoo) on a 47' Tayana with hydronic heat. I averaged about 3 gallons/day heating oil
there... Water consumption remained about the same.
On our current
boat I dedicated one of the two fuel tanks to #1 heating oil to keep the Espar forced air heater happy [This helps reduce maintenance
intervals as it prefers #1 with no additives...] I figure I can always transfer #1 to the #2 diesel tank for the engine
and generator and add the correct % of Marvel Oil to it and keep everything happy.
We also are now spoiled with a water maker that doesn't seem to care about the cooler water temps. (12 Gal/hr consistently in 40F water temps.) In SE Alaska our consumption in winter is 1.5 gal/day fuel oil, and 15-20 gallons/day [for 2] water because we are also spoiled with a washer/dryer on board...
Let me add another water usage metric that may be useful for perspective: Our house in Fairbanks, Alaska is high on a hill where a well is not cost effective. Therefore many homes in this area have underground water holding tanks (ours is 2000 gallons) We have water delivered (or haul it ourselves in a 400 gallon tank in my truck...) so I know precisely what our water usage is. Over 13 years we have averaged 35 gallons/day/adult with all the usual water consuming appliances
[clothes and dish washers...] and fresh water toilet flushes. We take no real water preservation measures other than to use what we need and need what we use...
Regarding ground tackle: From my experience you will need at least 300 ft of anchor
rode to be safe in our often deeper than usual anchorages
on the northern part of this coast. You mentioned 110ft of chain. If that is all you have, plan on more before you go out... [It doesn't have to be all chain, but that is a personal preference...]
e.g., On our present boat, I put in a new windlass
with all new chain last summer to accommodate simultaneous use of 2 permanently installed anchors on the bow (5 total anchors on board) The main bower has 360ft of 5/16 G4 chain (the max I could fit on that side of the anchor locker
...) attached to 100ft of 1in 3-strand rode. [The hail-mary rode to be let out in an extreme situation where we might have to cut and run...] The secondary anchor has the remaining 190ft of the chain [550ft/barrel of 5/16in G4...] attached to another 100ft 1in 3-strand... I also have 3 other 300ft 3-strand with 40ft chain in bags for deployment of other anchors as needed... you get the idea. Why? In years past I've been blown off my anchor in williwaws in the dark and I don't want to ever experience that again...
I hope this is useful.
Have fun living aboard
. I look forward to hearing what you discover...