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On your boat with the sun peaking in ... check.

Got through ride home with a story to tell ... check.

Netflix ... check.

Bacon ... check.

Sounds like a great start to me!

Great to hear that you've taken the plunge and are enjoying it! And in offseason! We hope to do the same in the upcoming year ... or two. For now, we'll just envy you.
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What I wish I knew when I moved on was how unsuited my boat was for running 2-3 space heaters. I've overloaded my 30a connection, heated up and melted the shore power cable where it plugs in the boat. I had to run another 15a circuit from the boat breaker, to get another outlet.

If I was moving onto a new boat, I'd see how much it takes to trip the breaker, check all the plugs in outlets to see if any are warm, and pick up a 30A-15A adapter and 15a extension cord so I can use another 30A plug at the dock to rapidly supplement/replace heat on the coldest days when things go wrong.

You've made it this far in Mass so I guess you have a better start than I did.

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Hey Nailbunny (can't imagine.. ?..)

Phew... just came in from my last minute bubbler installation and celebrating with beer, crackers and sardines....

I've been lucky with heat so far. It's been pretty cold for this time of year.
Down in the mid teens the last few nights. I mainly run 1 ceramic and 1 oil filled radiator type heater both on low most of the time. I just kicked both of them on high because I had the companion way opened with just the canvas over it
most of the day. I'll put one back on low soon and when I go to bed both will be on low. If I want it real cozy I'll fire up the Dickinson. I think I have heat to spare. But..... I keep from the head forward closed off and also the huge
1/4 berth and... I covered the ceiling with foil backed bubble wrap and half way down the hull with regular bubble wrap...especially the ports.
I've also covered the floor with temp. carpeting.
I think I'll be doing some more insulating. Cover everything plastic with the clear bubble wrap. The rest of the way down the hull and the large areas below knee level. Get ready for those 10 deg. and below days. AND I still have to cover the deck and cockpit with plastic. It looks like the temps are headed back to normal so I should be fine.

I had the girl friend on board for a couple of days and she was so warm and cozy she stayed an extra 2 days. !! We were useless for 4 days.
Netflix and Pinot and she wasn't going anywhere. Ha!

Well I hope this doesn't turn out to be the coldest winter in years just 'cause I bought a liveaboard. It's been absolutely wonderful so far. Even got out for a couple of late season sails. 6-7 good friends and beef stew, friendly wind,
plenty of beer. Wow next summers going to be great.

Where are you? What boat are you on? How long have you lived on board?
Thanks for writing. I wish there was at least one other live aboard here.
Then again, I wonder if I'll miss this solitude when the docks are teaming with
people in the summer.

Be good,
Victor
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Thanks for the update NightWing ...useless for 4 days sounds good
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Blizzard.....

I finally had to go up on deck @ 7pm and have a look around.
Howling wind and freezing ice pellets but I had to check
the fenders and tie an extra line for peace of mind.
A hair raising "night after Christmas" right here on the dock.
Looking forward to this wind kicking down but it's suppose to
keep cranking through tomorrow night.
$#$#%!!!
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Argggg ..burrrrrrrr ... you lucky dogg LOL

Stay warm & safe NightWing
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Hey HD

Thanks for keeping an eye on me HD

Pretty sleepless 48hrs. behind me.
Nasty little low hung around the east end of
Long Island about 20 mi. directly south of me.
It delivered a steady 40mph with gusts above 50
for the last 2 days. I was up on the icy deck every couple of
hours for one thing or another. The main problem is I'm
tied to the floating docks in back but the bow is tied to
pilings. ?he tide fall is about 6 feet so in order to have enough
slack in the line the bow comes too close for comfort to the
leeward piling when it really gusts up. Then there's the problem
with my fenders popping up onto the dock and leaving my gelcoat to be chewed by the pressure treated wood.

Oh well. My little pal has moved off to the N. and E so I'll
get a good nights sleep and some real good weather coming in
so I can get ready for the next 6-8 storms due this winter.
Nor'easters frequently blow 70mph. I'm thinking maybe install a massive
bow cleat backed up by a huge 2x6, more fenders/ with bricks tied to them?
Ha!
yo ho ho!!!
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Well, there's been some very interesting heavy weather in the last month. You still at it?
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Can't believe I missed this thread!

Great job living aboard.

I kept our Beneteau in the water this winter so I could sail. Put in a good run of sailing sessions too. Now we have 4 inches of ice in the "fairway" out to the entrance, so I'm in lay-up mode at the dock. (Cheaper insurance since I'm not sailing her for a defined period.)

Like you, there's never anyone around when I go out to sail. Saturdays, Sundays, evenings the place is deserted. I've only seen a very few people all winter at the marina.

Netflix and Pinot -- LOVE IT!!

Keep up the great work and stay warm. Visit us in Lake Montauk this summer.

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Oh yea! No problem. Hardest winter I've ever seen here. Temps down below zero. Lots of snow. But I'm comfy cozy and loving it.
It was hellatious the Sunday after Xmas. Big winds had me on deck every few hrs tying something better or figuring out what the new sound was or getting the fenders back off the dock. I've reconfigured things and hoping the next big blow wont be a threat to the boat. I did have reports of 70-80mph. Noreasters ... pretty much a New England winter hurricane.
Other than that it's just keeping an eye on the bubelers and hoping we don't get 2 many single digit nights in a row. Wind and ice, my 2 enemies. I should post some pictures.
I'm living large otherwise.
I'm getting which project to start 1st. figured out. With the clear tent over the hull it's dam warm on deck if it's 35 and sunny. Kinda gets ya thinking about sand paper.

Thanks for checking in w/ me.

Victor
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