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Old 25-01-2021, 11:56   #16
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Re: Winter in Annapolis practical for liveaboards?

I've had friends who have lived aboard. Recommend shrink-wrapping the boat to create a greenhouse. the last few winters have been mild with little snow. Coldest nights have been in the 20s. Bay water is at 39 degrees.
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Old 25-01-2021, 13:07   #17
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I lived aboard in Annapolis for several winters at the Port Annapolis Marina. They make provisions for both pump out and water through the winter months. The key is how insulated your hull is and what provisions you make for insulating your companionway, hatches and portlights. Additionally since the water temp falls below what AC systems can draw from you will need space heaters. Snow / frozen docks and decks are a whole other consideration.
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Old 25-01-2021, 14:07   #18
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Thank you
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Re: Winter in Annapolis practical for liveaboards?

When I lived there, I saw people doing it. But, I also saw snow piled up three feet on top of boats, too!

I wouldn't want to do it, but it's doable.
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Old 25-01-2021, 15:42   #20
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Most winters it will be quite doable. However, I recall a winter or two or three when the temperature didnít rise above 0 F for several days. That could/would be problematic.
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Old 26-01-2021, 10:55   #21
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Re: Winter in Annapolis practical for liveaboards?

We've lived aboard year round since 2015. The first two years we were at Jabin's Yacht Yard but moved to Port Annapolis Marina because they had better amenities for live-aboards. We use reverse A/C until the water temp is about 42 degrees F for heat. Below that temp, reverse air doesn't work very well. We use three oil-filled heaters on board (our boat is a Hunter 41 but is actually about 38') and only use ceramic heaters when we are physically on board (oil filled stay on when off the boat). Marinas hate heaters of any type on board during winter months but they tolerate the diesel type heaters, oil-filled and ceramic electric heaters. Resistive element heaters are a no-no. A few years ago, we started having clear shrink-wrap installed on deck. This produces a greenhouse effect, keeps the birds from crapping all over the deck (they like the warmth emanating from the deck surface) and it keeps the snow off. Although the air tends to be dry during cold months, the air inside the cabin will have moisture content due to body perspiration and use of the stove. This can cause a lot of condensation. We eliminate that by keeping a high capacity dehumidifier running 24/7 which drains into the bilge. Port Annapolis Marina has water available via a submerged water line that we use to fill our tanks on weekends. They also have a portable pump out unit on a golf cart which comes around once a week to empty holding tanks. Piers can get dangerous and very slippery and falling into the water is not an option... hypothermia and wet winter clothes make it difficult to get yourself out of trouble if you fall in. There are a number of live-aboards at Port A who've lived there a good number of years.
If you can, take a trip there and talk to a few of them. They're always willing to share their knowledge.
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Re: Winter in Annapolis practical for liveaboards?

It was bad enough living in a house in Annapolis in the winter!
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Old 26-01-2021, 16:52   #23
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Re: Winter in Annapolis practical for liveaboards?

We did as much cooking in the cockpit especially boiling water. Moisture is the enemy. We also added half inch closed cell foam on the interior.

We lived year round for several years in Annapolis, we always promised we would get a hotel room if things got bad but we never did.

A cockpit enclosure is a God send on a sunny day.

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I made an error in my original post... we started living aboard in Annapolis in 2005, not 2015. I'm currently doing some contract work in Bermuda but my wife is holding down the fort this winter aboard Odyssey at the marina.
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I made an error in my original post... we started living aboard in Annapolis in 2005, not 2015. I'm currently doing some contract work in Bermuda but my wife is holding down the fort this winter aboard Odyssey at the marina.
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Re: Winter in Annapolis practical for liveaboards?

I made an error in my original post... we started living aboard in Annapolis in 2005, not 2015. I'm currently doing some contract work in Bermuda but my wife is holding down the fort this winter aboard Odyssey at the marina.
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Re: Winter in Annapolis practical for liveaboards?

I made an error in my original post... we started living aboard in Annapolis in 2005, not 2015. I'm currently doing some contract work in Bermuda but my wife is holding down the fort this winter aboard Odyssey at the marina.
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Thank you! I am assuming you find it comfortable in the winter months and don't have any problem in the cold. Is all your plumbing functional during these months?
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I meant mold, not cold.
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Thank you! I am assuming you find it comfortable in the winter months and don't have any problem in the cold. Is all your plumbing functional during these months?
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Also we were considering the short term rental, but can't find anything. Do you have any suggestions?
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