We are in Delaware City, not exactly the Chesapeake but connected. 44' steel center cockpit
. We spend a week on then a week off.
We have an Espar D4 hot air heater. It has done well. The aft cabin
gets chilly but we snuggle into a sleeping bag and agree to not argue. One night was real cold, 6 I think. That night I also used the aft cabin
kero bulkhead heater. Got toasty. When here by myself I shut off the aft cabin. Nothing to freeze and it is easier on the Espar.
We have a 1/4" steel hull
, so other than the grinding sound, ice is no issue. We have a Krogan and a 34' Nauticat here also who seem to be doing ok.
A few boats in the water
, but not live aboard. One older guy regularly does this. He says his sailboat just gets squeezed up in the ice with no problem.
When off the boat we run a West Marine
heater that keeps the interior
at about 44. When it gets below 20 I make sure to stay on the boat, just in case we loose power. But it is a comfortable 7o here right now, and 16 outside.