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post #30 of Old 10-30-2008
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Question winter liveaboard boat safety

Just curious, thinking about living aboard near vancouver canada. what do you suggest or is it a given that the engine be decommissioned and all the fresh water be cleared out of hoses etc, etc, if you would be planning on keeping the internal temperature warm enough for liveaboard conditions. I lived in a log cabin in southern ontario, canada for a winter with only wood burning stove for heat. When i would go away for a week and come back all the pipes would be frozen and i would have to start a fire and get the heat back up before using water. No big deal. Now back to a sailboat, if the tempurature is kept above freezing, would this be an issue for water/plumbing/tanks/engine/whatever else you can think of? Thinking more along the lines of not damaging anything on the boat. eg: water line break etc.
Thanks for your help.
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