Captain S/V Triumph
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Boston Yacht Haven
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For whatever value. We were in Boston last winter with a Gulfstar 50 sailboat. Well, most of our neighbors were shrink wrapped, while we were not.
We were fine, with 2 cheap electric / ceramic space heaters.
I think the major factors involved are how big are your windows? And, do you have inner walls?
I noticed that M/V s have those large windows, and therefore seem to need all the insulation they can get. Likewise, without our inner teak walls, we would have been missing all that insulating effect.
And, we do not want to live like that. It is almost claustrophobic to be inside a plastic bag.
We enjoy looking outside, instead of being in a bag.
We experienced one of the 3 worst winters on record last year in Boston, yet we were comfy, holding to no less than 65 at the worst, and usually we were at 70 degrees, or more.
I should mention that we shut off the crews' quarters, and the bow cabin. So we were only heating the main salon, galley, and aft cabin, plus 2 heads.
We also "did the math" and they wanted over $1200 to wrap our boat, which would in no way be offset by whatever conceptual electric savings we could possibly attain.
So, for whatever value, there you go.