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Re: Extreme Cold

The high in Minneapolis today was -12ºF and we're headed towards -20ºF tonight. Not a lot of sailing going on around here... Although a small bit of the Mississippi is still open, there was a lot of frost fog coming off of it this morning.
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Re: Extreme Cold

Woke up this morning to find that my boat was frozen in the harbor. I estimate about 1/4 inch of ice.

So glad that it's going to finally get into double digit temps today. Hoping to thaw out by the weekend when we are supposed to see high 40's and low 50's again.
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Re: Extreme Cold

Starting to warm up. This cold has made 20* feel good.
How are you doing on the lake ?
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Starting to warm up. This cold has made 20* feel good.
How are you doing on the lake ?
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The harbor was pretty frozen in. Did you see how bad it was on the 10p news the other night when they showed the CQ Princess breaking out of the harbor?

Definitely warmer. Single digits suck so bad on a sailboat.
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Re: Extreme Cold

796 I would like to hear more details. Did you make a choice to go for shelter and warm up? What kind of meals did you eat? What did you use for heat ? What temp was the inside of the boat?
I would have I am not happy in the cold.
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Re: Extreme Cold

We did not choose to seek shelter. I kept a blanket over the companionway hatch and pulled out the propane heater to supplement the electric heater we use.

We used both heaters during the day and only the electric one at night. I'm pretty sure we maintained about 50 degrees in the boat overnight and prob 60 during the day.

We ate our normal meals. I think we had tacos on the night it was so cold.

Sleeping in an ice covered bed sucked pretty bad. Here are two photos of what it looked like in the V-Berth where we sleep.





Yes, that is ice build up inside the boat.
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Re: Extreme Cold

I looked at the webcam for GTB today and it looked like the marina had frozen, or maybe the camera wasn't refreshing.

Earlier this week, on Tues, I went out at 0 degrees for work and at the end of the day it got up to 19, then Wed, started at 19 and went to 35. I haven't done outside work in this cold of temperatures before. I made sure I had plenty of cold weather gear on to stay warm and it still wasn't enough. I'm in the military, so each of those days we went out to shooting ranges. More field work to come next week too
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Re: Extreme Cold

Wow 769 you are like a rock I work outside but it is semi out as I am in the building trades and we have some heat shelter but work was cold but manageable as I am able to warm up at lunch and breaks. Then I can go home to a warm bed.
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Wow 769 you are like a rock I work outside but it is semi out as I am in the building trades and we have some heat shelter but work was cold but manageable as I am able to warm up at lunch and breaks. Then I can go home to a warm bed.
My hat is off to you two, Lou

I appreciate it, but it really isn't that bad if you prepare for it. We had two heaters and we do own sweaters. It's not like we were in a pup tent with no heat.

That being said, I would not want to live aboard year round in Boston, MA on this boat.
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Re: Extreme Cold

I am so interested because you are doing this now and coping. You say you have sweaters so I will make an assumption that you did not have high $ high tech gear. Could you show the heaters ? You proved how to improvise adapt and overcome a difficulty.
How does your 1st mate feel. What is the crews the attitude.
I did stay a night out in a pup tent with only a candle in north west PA. during Jan winter 77-78. Not sure of the exact temp but it was negative no wind. It was a thing for a young person to prove. I am older now. I would not think of doing it ever again. I do not think I slept and I hiked out at daybreak. I believe I can tolerate heat better than cold if I have water to drink
I do not think my wife is ready for this much but she can be tougher than me at times.
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