Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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I think I would do it after the Espar is intalled since it will change the shapes of some of the insulation panels. Also, insulation is not as necessary in the compartments where the Espar ducts go - we found these to always be toasty and completely dry.
We wintered (2 years) in NYC) - a bit warmer than Boston and only insulated with the aluminum foil bubble wrap stuff (cheap!) held in place with shrink wrap tape and it seemed to work quite well. We seemed to be the warmest and driest boat on our dock. Originally we were going to take it out when we went south but we left it in place since it does provide a bit of a resilient surface.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.