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Forum: Living Aboard   02-05-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

OK, Mr Pearson, several of us have been trying to give you the "HINT".

Since you haven't taken it, here is the BLAST.

BOATS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE LIVED ABOARD, IN FREEZING TEMPS. PERIOD!
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Forum: Living Aboard   02-05-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

The problem with "HEAT TAPE" is that they are normally at least 6 feet long, and you only need about 3-6 INCHES of the stuff to adequately warm up a typical thur hull fitting.
Forum: Living Aboard   02-05-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

Good references DeltaT. I never said the things people do are right, or safe, and your post reinforces that.

I personally saw an Islander 36 explode about 400 feet from me once. Not a pretty...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-05-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

About 20 yrs ago, winter bubbling became fairly popular at our little sail club in Michigan. Since we were concerned about members jury rigging goofy heating within their boats, we made a rule...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-03-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

Even if the slip stays Ice Free due to any kind of bubbling system, (air, agitation, ect) the thru hulls will still freeze if the temp in the bilge gets below freezing.

The light bulb idea is OK,...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-02-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

We've bubbled boats for as long as I can remember. At least 40 years here on Lk St Clair.

I'm talking about a few hearty souls who are actually living aboard a few of these bubbled boats. Go...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-02-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

I just realized your location says you're on Kentucky Lake. If that's still true, you have way less to worry about than I originally thought.

All my winter boating experiences have been up here...
Forum: Living Aboard   02-01-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

sorry, accidental double post
Forum: Living Aboard   02-01-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

I've left fiberglass boats in very thick ice for years. Mostly sailboats. Once I let a 30 ft powerboat freeze in, and my only fear was the trim tabs & swim platform hanging of the transom.

Never...
Forum: Living Aboard   01-31-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

so it's like you're sleeping in an igloo, right? Well, most boats aren't designed for cold weather live aboard situations.
Forum: Living Aboard   01-31-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

do you have some kind of insulation between your heated space, and the cold outer shell of the boat?
Forum: Living Aboard   01-11-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 7,657
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Extreme Cold

all the solid fuel heaters seem to work best with those little charcoal bricketts, not wood.
Forum: Diesel   12-11-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,222
Posted By lightfoot
Re: Question on Volvo MD6A problems

I have the same problem in my MD6A Volvo, but mine is configured with a Saildrive.
We pulled the head, and have been oiling the cylinders (while still in the boat) and tapping on top of the pistons....
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