I am currently wintering here in Annapolis. Other than water being turned off at the dock
, everything else is pretty normal. I have two 1500w ceramic heaters, and a Shipmate paraffin heater
if it gets exceptionally cold.
I think you would want a boat
that was suited for colder areas or at least had some sort of insulation
or thicker decks to make life more enjoyable. Having a boat
that doesn't leak helps too.
I tend to leave the v-birth hatch
cracked a couple inches, and the companionway hatch
cracked a couple inches as well. This in combo with the dorades seems to have kept all condensation
from forming. I did have a little at first where my bedding was contacting the bare glass of the hull
, but trimming the mattress foam a couple inches away from the hull
, and insulating the hull/under the mattress has stoped that as well. So far there is no mold/mildew forming, and it usually stays exceptionally dry inside.
I also do not shower
on the boat during the winter.
It has been snowing/icing up every couple days here recently. Keeping the cabin
warm helps to melt snow off the deck
. It gets old waking up to rid the flimsy bimini
of snow but it is what it is.
Also, some marinas
offer much cheaper rates during the winter!
I will never ever ever winter somewhere where it snows again unless I am going somewhere. It seems like a fun romantic idea to sit by the old Shipmate and drink tea, but it gets old(and cold) real fast. Or at least for me.
TLDR: it is doable, but not for everyone or every boat.