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In a protected location like Constitution Marina, you shouldn't have too much a problem with icing...but it is a concern that many people overlook. BTW, if it is cold enough, salt water won't help... it'll just freeze too...

The real worry is when we get hit with freezing rain and sleet storms...

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I lived aboard in RI for 3-4 years, i had a shrink wrapped boat, a dickenson p9000 lpg heater and two space heaters. It was decently warm. I could keep in in the low 70's with the lpg, and low 60's with no lpg. water can be an issue, we had one long hose we were able to fill up with.
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That was HOT in your boat! Low 70's! How big is your boat? I expect to live in low 50's, at most, and go down to low 40's at night. I sleep well when I can see my breath. Does that mean I might not need 1000000 BTU heater. I will live in Nordica 30, double ender....
What temperatures do other guys find to be livable?

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Just to add to the icing of the boat debate...
If it is cold enough, there shouldn't be any water in the air. As I understand, it is the freezing rain that is the scariest... When it gets a bit colder, it starts to snow..., So, perhaps, a bucket of salt water would be effective... Just fishing for some easy way out...

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The air outside may be extremely dry and the snow powdery. But the surfaces of the boat will be relatively warm from the heating of the inside. That's where the snow will melt but then form ice dams. A good cover will have good slope to shed the melting snow plus it will keep the ice off the boat surfaces.
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Gents,

I am back! Had an eventful trip up the coast from LI sound. Wind and rain, but wonderful and exciting...
My question now.. What have people used for insulation? A friend of mine suggested LDPE foam, sometimes called air foam in packaging industry. I have tried gluing it to the bare fiberglass topsides on the inside, and it seems to conform nicely and stays there...it is 1/4" thick. It does not absorb water and is chemically inert. Over that I will add foil backed bubble wrap from Home Depot and finish it with boat vinyl liner, that has some suspect yellow foam..
Has any one tried that LDPE foam in a boat? It is the same stuff that pipe insulation is made from...
It is wonderful to live on the water... I have to get used to the social etiquette and such in the marina..
One more quick one.. What's up with some motorboats running pumps constantly?
There is no ice around yet... Is it some kind of answer to banging halyards?
I will try to broach the subject when I see a motor boater.

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What's up with some motorboats running pumps constantly?
Just a wild guess, those "pumps" may in fact be incorporated with reverse cycle A/C, which rely upon seawater to be pumped & discharged continuously during operation.

Otherwise, perhaps they like long showers.

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What is "reverse cycle A/C"?
Well, at least, this tinkle of water does have a purpose...
Back to insulating...
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It's a source of heat for boats by utilizing the air conditioning system.

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Thanks, TrueBlue!

Seems like a round about way of doing it... But, when money is no object...
It is a big space to heat, compared with an average sailboat.


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