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Question LOB Chesapeake Winter Issues

I am new to the Bay. What are the considerations for living on board during the winter? Do the marinas shut off the fresh water? If you leave the boat for a few days, is freezing an issue? Do you need bubblers?
Are there other possible problems? Thanks in advance for any opinions.
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Most marinas will turn off the fresh water and will deploy bubblers. Freezing varies each year and probably by what part of the Bay you're in. Most marinas don't allow you to run electric heat. You might want to call a few marinas that cater to liveaboards and see how they handle winter. I don't live aboard, so you'll need someone else to point you in the right direction.
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It depends a great deal on the salinity of the water...

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I am new to the Bay. What are the considerations for living on board during the winter? Do the marinas shut off the fresh water? If you leave the boat for a few days, is freezing an issue? Do you need bubblers?
Are there other possible problems? Thanks in advance for any opinions.
I keep my boat in the water year-round not too far south Annapolis. My marina almost never freezes, though there may be a few days during here would be difficult to get out. There might be a quarter inch of ice on the water, but it will be mushy ice and not damaged boats. However, just a half a mile away from me on the different fork of the creek, it is very common for boats to be locked in for weeks at a time. That fork in the creek is less saline than mine. It is often very telling flying into BWI Airport; some creeks and marinas locked up and white throughout the winter, and some stay clear throughout the winter. It would be best to ask local residents.

A bubbler can never hurt, but I doubt it would be necessary south of Solomons Island. North of Solomons Island it would be good insurance, though I only use mine on rare occasion. I only use mine on rare occasion, perhaps only one year out of five.

Yes, the marinas will turn the water off. Getting your head pumped out will be something of an issue too. Though I do not live aboard, I sail all year and spend some nights aboard - it's a pleasant diversion. You're careful to minimize the use of the head. Because there is some risk of freezing, I keep a jug of very weak antifreeze in the head and use that for flushing. I don't use the fresh water system, I keep drinking water in jugs. I suppose if you kept the heat turned on in the boat, all of these problems go away.

If you have any air gaps around companionway slides and hatches they will need weatherstripping. Keep the snow swept off when the snows - you don't want your heater pipe getting blocked.
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Winter of Discontent?

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You were kind to respond. Thankyou.
I am seeking a LOB Marina close to NAS Pax.
My son, an aviator, and his family were transferred here.
I came here recently from San Diego where I was living on an old Formosa 41 Ketch. I intend to buy a used plastic 30 to 33 footer, as I need to economize.
( Retired). Any suggestions?
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gmackin

you may finding a live aboard in that area tough to find, last fall when I was looking for a job at PAX, I found only two marinas, one on St Marys and the other in Solomon's who would allow LOB. St Marys was shallow for my boat, and there was a waiting list at the one at Solomon's and the LOB fees were pretty steep.

I did not get the job there, so keep my boat across the Potomac in VA...you may want to look there, as many allow LOB and it is not too much longer of a sail than to drive "around".

PS if you are ex military you may be able to dock at the PAX rec marina...they have a pretty nice set up, exclusive for Military, though.

All the best and welcome to the right coast.
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Several Suggestions:

Beacon Marina by the Confort Inn
Spring Cove Marina
Holiday Day Inn Marina
Marina by Washburn's Boat Yard (can't remember the name of Marina)
Zanheiser's
Town Center Marina ( I think there is a name change for that one)

Rather than calling up and saying out right that you plan on living aboard, I would visit in person and let the marina know that you would be spending a lot of time on your boat during the winter. Play it by ear, and you may be surprised how many positive responses you get. A good full time person at a marina is a positive rather than a negative from the standpoint of security. Best of Luck.
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