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Old 01-12-2011, 19:54   #1
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Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

Hi,

I thought it may be interesting to hear tips from people living off the hook in the pnw or similar colder climates.

We are a small liveaboard on an Alberg 30 in Vancouver.

We have a Dickson propane heater. We turn it off at night and sleep well with our down duvet and a hot water bottle.

Any tips people have? Gear? ideas?

Cheers,

Joel

Ps I emphasized off the hook to denote no unlimited electrical. We are also crazy young dreamers... Living aboard to take off in about a year. ( for old salts who think we are stupid)
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Old 01-12-2011, 21:26   #2
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

Simple, get a small dog. Harvey makes a great 'hot water bottle' and doesn't go cold!
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Simple, get a small dog. Harvey makes a great 'hot water bottle' and doesn't go cold!
He looks like he requires more feeding than my girl friend!
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He looks like he requires more feeding than my girl friend!
Actually Harvey's the 'Lady Puller' in that pair...

you should see him dance on hind legs for the waitresses... they love him... go all soppy...
he gets the 'Titbits'...
Simon gets the introduction...
Great Symbiotic relationship...
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

He looks like he'd do as a bed warmer.
Gotta love Dawg!
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Yeah, there's nothing better than waking up cold and smelling like a wet dog.
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Actually Harvey's the 'Lady Puller' in that pair...

you should see him dance on hind legs for the waitresses... they love him... go all soppy...
he gets the 'Titbits'...
Simon gets the introduction...
Great Symbiotic relationship...
LMAO but true..........
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Hi,
I thought it may be interesting to hear tips from people living off the hook in the pnw or similar colder climates. . .
Any tips people have? Gear? ideas?
Cheers, Joel
Ps I emphasized off the hook to denote no unlimited electrical. We are also crazy young dreamers... Living aboard to take off in about a year. ( for old salts who think we are stupid)
I just discovered for sleeping "double pajamas" that is, a set of flannel pajamas with a "sweatsuit" pants and shirt over them. Very soft and flexible and very warm. Of course, also sleep underneath a thick comforter from Walmart or Target (reasonable prices).

- - Just an additional idea that I don't know if it will work, but try laying a black tarp (or something similar) over the cabin top (with cut-outs for hatches, etc.) The idea is to capture the sun's heat using a "black" surface without actually painting or permanently changing the boat. They do have available those cheap plastic tarps with silver color on one side and grey or something on the other side. Spray paint the grey side flat black.
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

There's a guy just a bit north of the OP who winters in Plumper Cove on Keats Island using scavenged firewood for heat. You can tie up at the dock there for free in the winter and there's more than enough drift to keep him warm. Its not for me but it makes a cheap winter for Bruce.
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

I'm all for a wood burner - you get 4 heats from it -
1. gathering the wood
2. cutting it
3. burning it
4. cleaning up after it
Nothing like wood heat!
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

Mix up some coffee cake batter before going to bed, put it in a pan and put the pan in the oven, but don't light it. Then, at first light, run out and light the oven. Now run back to bed and wait.

By the time the coffee cake is done, the cabin is toasty.
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sail south. is warmer.
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

Just thought of another idea to stay warm at night inside the boat. Most of the heat in the boat is lost through the thin plastic in the overhead hatches.

- - Go to a Home Depot or other discount or large home improvement or lumber supplier and get a sheet of "R-Max" insulation board. Preferably 1 inch or 3/4 inch or 1/2 inch. Make a pattern of the interior of the overhead hatch recesses. Cut-out "plugs" from the R-Max board that squeeze up into the inside recesses of each overhead hatch at night. Tape the edges so that you can have a little handle to pull them out in the morning.

- - If you can only find 1/2" R-Max then put two layers together with aluminum tape to hold them together so you end up with a 1 inch thick plug.
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

I have two schnauzers i can toss down to my feet for heat when needed.
The next best is an ITR Hurricane heater!
Oh, bubble wrap in the hatches is great; lets the light in but increases the R-factor of the hatches and windows.

Best of all is to, as Ms ZHag said, Sail South Young Man!
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Re: Winter Liveaboard Tips and Tricks

Any window or porthole that you don't plan to open during the winter can be made into a "double-pane" window by using one of those window insulating kits found at Wal-Mart or Home Depot, etc. They consist of a roll of double-sided tape and thin, clear, heat-shrinkable plastic sheets. Attach the double-sided tape to the window frame. Cut plastic sheet a few inches larger than the tape outline. Apply sheet to double-sided tape, as taut as reasonable. Trim sheet outside of tape. Smooth out wrinkles with hair dryer. Everyone has a hair dryer on board, don't they?
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