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08-08-2006 02:03 PM
eryka There's some great threads in the archives of this subforum about other winter living issues, condensation, heating, insulation. Check them out - and if you and he still have questions I'm sure those of us crazy enough to live aboard where the snow flies could answer them - no extra charge for the cheap wisecracks
08-08-2006 12:42 PM
svisser Thanks so much 'xort" that is a great start.
08-04-2006 01:48 PM
xort Search out Miller Marina, Jefferson Beach Marina, Emerald City Marina and Michigan Harbor all in St. Clair Shores, Mi. I believe some if not all allow winter livaboard.
Keans on the upper Detroit River also does as does the DYC on Belle Isle in Detroit. There is one on the Clinton River but I forget the name. I've heard there are several hundred livaboards in the metro Detroit area.
08-03-2006 01:53 PM
svisser Thanks duffer1960, I will have my husband contact them and will let you know the results.

Many thanks again,

Selena Visser
08-03-2006 11:12 AM
duffer1960 We lived aboard for a year at Humbug Marina in Gibraltar, MI, right where the Detroit River meets lake Erie. They have several year-round live aboards. During the winter you have access to the bathroom, showers, and laundry (along with the summer also). With a 22 footer you should have NO problem getting a slip. The only hardship during the winter is that the pump-out is shut down, and the water to the slips is also shut off. Luckily, we had a slip close to the bath-house/laundry and were able to fill our water tank when necessary with about 100' of hose (which everyone used and was kept on a reel in the laundry room. Contact me if you need more info.
08-03-2006 10:35 AM

sorry about that
08-03-2006 10:34 AM
svisser Thanks so much Etka that's a great start. Do you happen to recall any of the names of the marinas in Detroit? Did you have access to shower or water when you stayed in the barn? Was it a personal friend or family member who owned it, or do you think it could be an option? He is really only looking for a 4-6 month solution, so thankfully it is not long term. My apologies for all of the questions, but it is nice to have found someone who has done this.


08-03-2006 10:25 AM
eryka There are a few marinas near Detroit that bubble so you could stay in all year. We spent several weeks on the hard in a heated barn ("heated" = <32 degrees but not much more) in Northport, MI - dark and not very pleasant but better than being on a mooring in a frozen-solid lake
08-03-2006 09:45 AM
svisser Thanks everyone. I appreciate your quick replies. We actually live in Toronto, so the winters are something we are unfortunately familiar with.
08-02-2006 11:06 PM
I won't say he's crazy,

but I'm a native of Upstate NY.
Spent my youth there, university there, and got the hell outta dodge! Oswego, NY, avg winter temp for Jan. avg high, 31, avg low, 17. It warms up in Feb, to avg high of 33 and low of 18. Same for Buffalo. Watertown? 28, and 9, in January. Pull on your woolies!
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