I do not understand the responses from some people, in a Liveaboard
forum, that say don't live aboard get an apartment.
Come on people this forum is for exchanging information about living aboard! I understand that in some areas it is harder then other areas, but that is why we ask questions!
That being said, I live aboard, in Philadelphia. It is very doable if you work
at it. You have three areas you have to address, and they depend on the marina that you stay in.
Black Water Disposal
Once you master those living aboard in the winter is not much different then the summer.
For heat I like electric heat. On my boat the forward cabin
and the aft cabin
, AC units, have electric heat built into them. I add two oil
filled radiators for the galley
and the salon
. I also keep a small ceramic heater in the engine
room and the boat is good. Make sure your shore power
is in good condition. (I also like the Smart Plug
, much better than the standard plugs).
I use the 3M shrink film on all of my windows and hatches, and it makes a big difference. No draft
, and a poor mans version of a double pane window.
My marina shuts the water off in November. It is to far to try and run hoses from the office. I haul water in a 65 gallon tank, and use a 12V pump
to fill the boat. I have learned to live on 65 gallons a week, including showers, if needed I could fill up more often, and my boat hold 140 gallons of water, just in case we have bad weather
For black water, I have installed a Purasan system, no more pump
outs. But that may or may not be an option depending on where you are.