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Stranger: Wow, you live aboard?
Us: Yup
Stranger: What do you do in the winter?
Us(with puzzled look): What do you mean?
Stranger: When it gets cold
Us: We turn op the thermostat
Stranger(now with puzzled look): Oh...
Do you still put the plastic bubble over your boat?


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Do you still put the plastic bubble over your boat?
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Gee, what do you do all day while just sitting around.

Come visit the boat and find out. Bring clothes you don't like, your own water and gloves.

By early spring I'm ready to quit polishing and waxing and start cutting grass, by fall I'm so tired of all the other projects that a falling leaf and pending haul out doesn't seem so bad.
There are times when having your boat 30 seconds away at your own dock is not a good thing. It's too close for time off.

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But my question was more directed at full-time liveaboards, where you need to eventually confront the issue of laundry. Given my wife's aversion to public laundromats, it is a major issue that we would have to deal with. Like I said, liveaboard just ain't gonna happen for us, so it's largely hypothetical anyway.
Once upon a time, Catalina sold a MkII47 with a washer/dryer in the forepeak... Maybe they can tell you more about how it works, what it consumes (and what current models they may still fit in...)
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Yup.
In the unlikely event that we actually do the year-round liveaboard thing someday, I will be contacting you for your design. The bubble is way cool, and if it can make the Maine winter liveable, it could certainly do the same for the mid-Atlantic winters.


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Rick, if you do the yar-round liveaboard thing, I think you're smart enough to do it properly. And by properly, I mean adjusting your latitude with the seasons to avoid the need for a bubble.

That being said, Tim R., do you have pics of the bubble?

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Rick, if you do the yar-round liveaboard thing, I think you're smart enough to do it properly. And by properly, I mean adjusting your latitude with the seasons to avoid the need for a bubble.

That being said, Tim R., do you have pics of the bubble?
Yes. Click on my website in my sig below then click on projects, Caliber 40, winter cover.
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Is there a size of boat at which an apartment-size washer/dryer (the little units with washer on bottom and dryer on top) becomes viable?
One of my friend's father owns a 42 ft Catalina with a washing machine. It is like one of the European combo models that sorta-washes your clothes and when the water drains, it sorta-dries them. It does, however, do a very good job at getting all your clothes very wrinkly.

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Them: Hey, we always wanted to see what it was like to live on a boat, can we come on and look inside and stuff?
ME: Sure, by the way, I've alway's wonderd what it was like to to live in a house, maybe afterwards, we can go back to your place so I can look around inside and stuff?
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reminds me of the guy who visited the Mariah one day. Real friendly and curious, invited himself right on board Capt. Derick was cordial enough,got his name etc and showed up at his place a few days later.Made himself right at home, feet up on the coffee table and all. The now not so friendly guy takes offense and makes to phone the authorities. Derick explained the situation and left.Education takes many forms, all are beneficial.
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