Join Date: Aug 2006
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Find a professional to winterize your boat. Watch him do it, if you can.
The weather in the Chesapeake DEFINITELY requires winterization, unless you're planning on living aboard and/or keeping substantial heat on the boat all winter.
If the boat is on the hard, and you're not living aboard, just winterize it and forget about heat. Not required.
I've never winterized my boats over more than 20 years in the water in the Chesapeake area. BUT, I either lived aboard or checked the boat every day, kept substantial heat aboard, used ice-eaters during harsh winters, ran my engines and generator periodically, modified oil-filled electric heaters to eliminate any possibility of a spark or fire, and happened to be in a marina on an exceptionally reliable electrical grid.
BUT, you can't just do this half-heartedly. I saw a big ketch sink at our docks one very bad winter. The absentee owner had "winterized" his boat by putting a bare 100W lightbulb near his water intake seacock. The bulb burned out, and the boat sank. Tragic!
Bottom line in your situation: get a professional to winterize the boat. Don't worry about heat. But, by all means, visit often to "check the boat"....works with most admirals :-))