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Old 06-28-2011
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winter liveaboard

hello all,

I am a first time live aboard and first time sailboat owner "to be."
I was wondering what live aboard conditions are like during the winter months with temperatures around 30 degrees? Are space heaters supplied by shore power the best bet? Any tips/advice/wisdom?

Also, parking. If I wanted to commute to work, do marinas usually offer parking spots at additional cost? What is the best way to handle parking for two?

thank you for any insight,

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I just use a little ceramic heater in La/Fl and works fine.Never saw a marina w/o parking.Good luck.marc
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Where are you? We live aboard in Portland, Maine. I installed a Hurricane diesel hydronic heater with 3 zones. It kept us toasty warm all winter. Spent about $1,200 in diesel for the season. In the shoulder seasons we use our reverse cycle heating and AC in the summer.

If your marina meters electricity in the winter it can get expensive fast in a colder climate. I chose the Hurricane because it runs entirely on 12v and can be used at anchor. Very handy for early and late season sailing.

Our marina includes parking for one vehicle but not all do.

Best way to deal with parking for two is to only have one car. Sell the other and commute together. We are fortunate to live near work so we both walk to work.
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