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08-14-2007 05:59 PM
xort Consider shrinkwrapping with the semi clear shrinkwrap. Acts like a greenhouse to keep the solar energy in, plus it sheds the ice & snow very well. Tough to go sailing with on warm winter days!
08-14-2007 01:55 PM
kd3pc Max

I did the over winter thing in Woodbridge two years ago and I did drain and winterize the boat pretty well. I used oil filled heaters and that kept the chill down, never really got warm though. The marina did shut the water off from Mid Dec (unless it was unusually warm) through warmer weather in the spring.

The biggest problems I had was icing of the sliding doors on my trawler...jsut too much moisture and low temps = locked out. You will need to watch the shore connections, especially with radiant heat. I lasted till Early Feb before finding a hotel for a few nites. Not so cold as too windy to walk the long ice covered pier with a two laptops, safely. I always had this fear of falling in and sinking to the bottom with two laptops.

Last year I moved back to a sailboat, did not winterize, but kept the heaters going, and was much more comfortable.

Like eryka, it is all in what you get used to, and can adjust to. Nothing like walking to the bath house at 6 am, with 30 mph wind and 20 degrees out..

all the best and Ft. Washington is very convenient and quite economical all things considered. On the northern neck of VA, where we are, there are some people that commute to DC every am (very early) and I even know a few who do that from Lake Anna, just to enjoy a water front life style.

08-14-2007 12:31 PM

We debated the 'Napolis area, too. Even considered Herrington Harbors (N&S) and even The Gangplank. I think the drive from Ft W will be suitable, plus the people my wife met there are just so damn nice!!!

I guess we just figured a long commute on a boat to the bay is always better than a long commute to DC on Hwy 50 in a car.
08-14-2007 08:48 AM
eryka Shack, we've heard of several people who found Ft W a better commute to the land job. We voted for Annapolis because even though the commute's longer by car, it's shorter for the boat -- if we want to go sailing we're about 10 min from the Bay. (But then, with Dan at the Naval Academy and me working near Dulles Airpt, one of us was going to have to drive...)

Max: Winter aboard in MD, in its own way, is kind of fun. And by late Feb, you have the kind of survivors camaraderie with your fellow liveaboards that we used to get with our neighbors in Phoenix after the snowbirds fled. I am just up to the eyebrows with work today, will e-you tomorrow with info about water-tank filling parties, icy docks, and your biggest enemy condensation.
08-13-2007 08:39 PM
maxheadspace [QUOTE=eryka;176357]Sold the house 5 years ago, now we spend every day doing what other people pay money to do 1-2 weeks per year on vacation. /QUOTE]

Eryka, I'm about to make the leap to live-aboard myself. As a fellow Marylander, what do you do to winterize your boat for DC/Maryland Winter? I know last Winter was abominably cold, worst I've seen in decades (never before seen the Potomac freeze solid from shore to shore), but normally what do you do? Drain and prep the engine? How's fresh water from the marina?

Many thanks!
08-11-2007 03:41 PM
Yellow Boats & Kids

The only kid we have is the furry-four-legged one. So far the only problem he's given us is jumping in after crab pots, following the wife around where ever she goes, and thinking an alligator is was a crab pot. (Only one wife, too).

Thanks for the tip on the "yellow" boat.

Eryka of the Good Ship Yellow Boat.
We found a place in Ft Washington that is a shorter drive to the Five Sided Puzzle Palace. I'll be working there as a part time janitor and serving coffee. Translated: "Bark bark woof, woof woof bark bark." - out.
08-07-2007 07:29 PM
uspirate Congrats Shack! Sounds awesome, do you guys have kids too?
08-07-2007 05:25 PM
sailingdog Rats... I was hoping you'd miss my post...
08-07-2007 05:17 PM
eryka BARK?!! SailingDOG?!! There's a pun in there somewhere.
But me? I just 'chirp'
08-07-2007 05:04 PM
sailingdog Everyone knows that Eryka's bark is far worse than her bite..... It's her husband that you have to worry about.
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