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We are getting slamed here in Maryland with snow. I was wondering what it is like to be a liveaboard when you have over 20" of snow on the docks.
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Better than being 3-hours from your boat when there's 20" of snow on it...MGM

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I just talked to my friend who lives in MD on his boat. If you are used to snow and all that goes with it, not a problem. Instead of shoveling snow off your driveway you are shoveling snow off your deck and dock.
Preparation is the key. Some liveaboards cover their boat with full enclosure set up (Recommended). If the water freezes a bubblier is a must.
Keeping the boat warm and safe is a must. Most use either a diesel heater or ceramic type heater. Safety is a must no matter what you use. Some boaters use electrical blankets to sleep in.
Water to the boat is one of the biggest issues. Most marinas shut down water to the dock. This means Jerry canning at worst or running a very long hose from a heated outside source at best.
Second issue is pump-outs. This will be determine by how the marina is setup: dockside, portable unit, pump-out boat or motoring over to the pump-out station.

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Originally Posted by mgmhead View Post
Better than being 3-hours from your boat when there's 20" of snow on it...MGM
I think "best" for me is that my boat with 20 inches of snow on it is sitting high and dry on its trailer. Probably I'd better dig it out, or at least clear off its solar panel.
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