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10-06-2013 06:41 PM
Re: how do i make it warm

The lows some of you are describing are = to our highs in the summer sometimes.

We call that a nice day.

Dang I need a holiday in a place that is warmer.
10-06-2013 08:40 AM
Re: how do i make it warm

We use our propane stove while awake. VERY low and with a pan or something to heat. I'm thinking of getting a slab of scrap aluminum plate from work. I bet that would be perfect. While sleeping, I'm on board with the black Lab but only if he's on top of my warm sleeping bag. We'll cruise into the 40's at night with no problems. Our boat is not very big so my lovely bride and I sleep in separate berths. We CAN both get into mine as it expands 10" and becomes a . . ."super". But that type of chicanery is best left to skinny college kids.
10-05-2013 09:08 PM
Re: how do i make it warm

Make a Simple Solid Fuel Stove For Your Boat
10-05-2013 08:02 PM
Brent Swain
Re: how do i make it warm

I have seen some pretty good airtight woodstoves made out of old propane tanks. They last about 13 years .
10-05-2013 02:26 PM
Re: how do i make it warm

Just don't mention how it was a "three dog night" last night, in front of the hookers. They're liable to misunderstand and take that personally, and then, hooboy, your hide is going to be on the walls.

This may be why Eskimos have dogs, but no hookers. Much safer that way.
10-05-2013 05:50 AM
Re: how do i make it warm

Originally Posted by urbanhermit View Post
I am thinking Hookers, I think the calculation is one Hooker for every 5' 6" of boat. it is recomended to round up, if the calculation does not end up with a whole Hooker.
Hookers are not cheap at all! True, admittedly, they keep you warm for a while, but they are not cheap, one would be enough for you on your boat besides the kid is only 16 years old and doesn`t have a lot of money. He shouldn`t be messing around with least not yet. Let him get married and divorced a couple of times before using them money grubbers.

Oh, wait a minute, what kind of Hookers were YOU talking about?
10-22-2012 05:03 PM
Brent Swain
Re: how do i make it warm

My 31 footer has remained warm and dry for the last 28 years I have lived aboard her, mostly in BC, even when I have been frozen in 5 inches of ice. The reason? 1 1/2 inch of sprayfoam, covering every bit of metal with at least a half inch of foam, and a good, large ,airtight woodstove, which will burn for up to 14 hours on a load of wood.
Friends have been using the sprayfoam kits, two large 20 pound propane bottle sized tanks hooked up to a spray nozzle. They tell me they are easy to use, and far cheaper than a commercial sprayfoamer.
10-18-2012 09:41 AM
Re: how do i make it warm

I've used the Terracotta pot method as well. Got to be careful, tho....many of the newer ones are either too full of moisture or too thin, and will crack after a couple of uses. For better results, I've used concrete patio bricks (wrapped in foil, in case there's any breakage), and those work well, too. Just heat the bricks up on the stove, and once hot, kill the flames - they'll continue to radiate heat for a while. Always have a hatch cracked for safety. I would use this method when sailing into late Nov. up in New Hampshire - sometimes with the snow spitting about. Nowadays, I have a "Big Buddy" propane heater that works like a charm. Has tip-over and low-ox shutoff, so safety is a little better.

Good Luck!
10-18-2012 08:08 AM
Re: how do i make it warm

Originally Posted by ehmanta View Post
...use plastic sheeting to add an extra layer to overhead hatches and portlights.....
I agreed with the rest of the advice, but caution this. It will work, as you trap air between the plastic and the hatch, which is the idea behind double paned windows. However, we have shades that pull over and do essentially the same thing and constantly find condensation collected between the two and have to wipe down small amounts of mildew. We can keep on top of it, because we open and close them frequently, but if we happen to leave one closed for weeks, you can really see it getting a hold. I guess, one just needs to keep on top of it.
10-18-2012 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
That's because your boat is huge and has the internal volume of a 3br/2ba home on land. .....
Not really. The sq ft of our boat would be less than a single wide mobile home/trailer.

I also tried to close both the forward and rear cabins and only heat the salon. Still nothing to write home about. It was 30 outside, maybe it got up to 40 or 45. I will bet you would do better in the water, as the hull would actually be a bit warmer around here.
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