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heating up a small sailboat during a chilling October

any folks want to share how they heat their vessels during the night
especially small to mid size boats that lack full heating systems:

large lady friend?
stove? (note the Co2 factor...)
electric hook-up at the marina?
onboard heater?


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Your marinas rules will be the first thing to check as they vary a lot as to what is allowed in terms of heating

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If at the marinia, an electric heater. Built low to not tip over. at anchor a diesel dickenson. While motering a heater connected to the engine water heater hose return line. Like on a bus.

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We use an electric heater if plugged in, a Dickenson propane 'fireplace' if not.
It's a fully vented heater with it's own fresh air intake so is perfectly safe.

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we are 28' and the two oil lamps warm things up nicely. At bed time we have a Vortex personal heater. we can (depending on the chill factor) pull it right into the v berth with us and sit it on the corner of the mattress we don't ever seem to use. It has a shut off feature that turns it off 4 hours later, which is about right for getting thru the night. and it runs almost silently.

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October temperatures I have on occasion simply used more blankets, layers, etc, but since you're going to need a November, December, January solution too you might as well get a jump on it and get some heat.

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Sarah, great tips what model oil lamps do u use?
Windmagic, where do u sail amigo?
luckily I am heading South to Florida, & will unlikely need much heat so your points are right on the money,
though I pray the Chesapeake does not have a freak cold front on Sunday

I spent one of the coldest nights of my life years ago(& I'm a New Englander!), huddled in the back of a camper in North FLORIDA as a cold front roared thru bringing temps in the 30's... the folks next to me actually awoke in the night & chopped up the State Park picnic table to add to their fire
flickering orange flames roasting them warm
oh mercy
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My window a/c unit has a heat feature, but it's not nearly as effective as a real heater. Instead, I use an electric blanket. Very toasty.


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I second the Dickenson Propane heater - works well and gives good heat - My model comes with a fan to distribute the air better - so I have to watch the battery level if I'm out for a while
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Windmagic, where do u sail amigo?
luckily I am heading South to Florida, & will unlikely need much heat so your points are right on the money,
though I pray the Chesapeake does not have a freak cold front on Sunday
Chesapeake Bay!

In October we have some cold weather, the local children usually go trick-or-treating in sweaters and jackets, but it is very rarely a bitter cold. November can be very cold, and by the end of it you can start to get some frozen ground from time to time. December is dark, cold, but the wind isn't as gusty, and by January it is very cold of course, the fresh water freezes over, and on clear sky nights with lots of stars and a strong wind it can really blow right through you. By early February the sun is brightening up a little bit, but still very cold and the winds get gusty and the leaves start being blown around again. Mid-February the early crocus start to bloom, and into March the bigger crocus, daffodils, etc, are blooming and there is usually a lot of rain and wind.

I camp out in all kinds of weather and January of course is the coldest. Laying outside under the stars in January you have to have a sleeping bag and a few layers of blankets to feel toasty warm, and even then with your face uncovered while star gazing it feels like the sky is sucking all the warmth out of you through your eyeballs.

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