Originally Posted by Panamax.
Then I guess I am over killing quite a bit. Just hard to believe that in this crazy humid environment
, that we would be safe with just a light bulb. In Everett, do you worry about pipes freezing?
Two biggest things I worry about in winter are keeping condensation
off inside surfaces, and preventing any plumbing
from freezing. Condensation leads to mold
and discolors into or finishes. Most years temps will drop down to around 25 F or below, which can cause freezing. I've found a rule
of thumb is you might be at risk for freezing when rim ice forms in the harbor. This is an El Niño year, so we may have warmer temps through the winter than normal - but a small marine
space heater still is the optimal way to go these days.
You can always add or disconnect additional heat sources as you think best. In spite of what the other poster says, lights have worked very well on boats for decades. The point is, it only takes a minimal amount of heat to keep the boat dry. ask any commercial
fisherman. Nevertheless, the new small marine heaters are an improvement. I run mine at the lowest fan speed and minimum heat setting I can, that keeps condensation out of the boat. You can always keep the boat warmer, just costs more electricity.
Also, something to think about, leave all the interior
hatches and openings open for air flow and remove cushions
, etc and store at home in a nice warm dry place. I ususally take everything off the boat and put into dry storage
, as any water or moisture that does show up inside will stay trapped underneath cushions
and other sorts of stuff - causing all sorts of trouble over time - mildew, rust, paint blisters
etc. mush easier to strip out the boat, if you can, and make it easy to clean up the interior in the spring.