I loved aboard for three winters on the Jersey side of NY Harbour. Not as cold as where those guys were so I did not need the ice eaters, but when it got really cold you could hear the ice scraping the hull
. I agree that the oil
filled heaters are the best if you have the room, but on the triton I barely had room for the fan heaters. Note the fan type must be ceramic, as these do not give off carbon monoxide like the exposed metal elements. The cheaper types are more dangerous apparently.
Another note about the oil
filled heaters. These are not necessarily made for continuous use, and I found one day that the insulation
inside the heater had cracked and fallen off leaving exposed wires inside. My only clue was a dimmed light on the lighted power switch. A real fire hazard, so keep a good eye on em. Still the best heat going, but watch out for the wiring
by pulling the switching panel off occasionally.
I had no shore power
on the boat so I ran two shore cables
to fused power strips through a hole cut in the hatch
boards, and plugged into those. Ghetto and probably pretty dangerous too, but it got me by. I also used an electric
blanket that the previous liveaboard
gave me out of pity, since she had done two winters aboard before selling me the boat.
On a positive note, the liveaboards in the winter fromed a little community, much more so than in the summer, which was nice, and the docks were less noisy.