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11-23-2007 12:42 PM
sailingdog No worries... it is just that as your own thread, you'll generally get much better and more specific replies, and not clutter this thread with unrelated ones.
Originally Posted by robpellaw View Post
I had no idea, sailingdog. Ignorance is no excuse. My apologies.
11-23-2007 11:26 AM
Liveaboard in DC

Eryka --- What's your experience with your engine in Annapolis? Is it cold enough on the Chesapeake / Potomac to be concerned about freezing the block?
11-23-2007 08:26 AM
robpellaw hellosailor, that's what I call good advice. I thank you.
11-23-2007 08:19 AM
My Apologies

I had no idea, sailingdog. Ignorance is no excuse. My apologies.
11-22-2007 10:01 PM
hellosailor Rob, you may have custody problems with a boat, even a houseboat, if the wife thinks about the kids going overboard into ice water with or without PFDs. What you can sail single-handed depends on what/how you can sail and you'll probably have to rerig the boat for it. A pilothouse is nice for space--but more space means harder to heat and way fewer boats to look at.

FWIW, Before you blow the bank on a boat, just make sure custody of the kids on the boat isn't going to become a killer.
11-22-2007 09:27 AM
sailingdog Robpellaw-

A pilothouse isn't essential, just really nice to have... You really should start your own thread... instead of hijacking this one... you'll get much better advice. Hijacking a thread is considered poor net etiquette.
11-22-2007 08:01 AM
Toronto Winters

Hi, all. I am recently divorced and am looking for a proper boat to live aboard for a couple years. I live in New England and am most concerned with winters. Also, I have been sailing for about 20 years and I want to make sure I can still sail... single-handed at times. How essential is a pilot house? Any particular length or make? It will just be me... with young children (brought up sailing) every other weekend. Does anyone have any particular advice? Any response would be appreciated.
11-21-2007 01:45 AM
winterbuoy Are you serious? Ice already? Crap! We live in Toronto, on board all year and in the winter, I use 2 ice eaters to keep the ice away from the boat. Inside we use those oil filled heaters and when it really gets cold, like minus 20 or some stupid temp we use our Newport diesel heater. I have never had engine freeze up problems as if the boat is heated, how could there be? The wife demands at least 78 inside and I have to admit she is right, despite the cost. Gotta be warm!
11-20-2007 12:38 PM
hellosailor "All I can think of is remote sensor for inside/outside digital thermometer from Home Depot." Or one of those $10 digital oven timers, with a temperature alarm and a three foot long probe wire, so it can be in the engine room while the display/alarm are in the cabin. Typically run for a couple of years on one AAA cell.

People forget that harbors and marinas routinely froze over solid in the Northeast, the recent crop of warm winters (last 10-15 years?) has been the exception. Folks used to haul the boats all the time--because freezing was expecting.

Now...well, there are some benefits to global warming, besides preventing the ice age we are supposed to be in the middle of.
11-19-2007 06:29 PM
zaliasvejas Winterise or not to winterise...

With some surprise and apprehension, I noticed ice in the water in the corner of the marina... Water is supposed to be around 40F still.
Here is my dilemma: should I keep the engine exercised weekly and engine room warm, including sea-cocks in the area through the winter or should I winterise? People do it either way in the marina. I figure, since I will have to keep bilges warm anyway, to hold on to the sea-cocks, it seems automatic to keep the engine ready to go, too.
Any thoughts?
Also, should water tank be insulated?
Is there a good way to monitor engine room temperature? All I can think of is remote sensor for inside/outside digital thermometer from Home Depot.
I have started insulating the engine room, anyway.
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