Crazy Woman Boat Driver
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Windward Islands Caribbean
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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.
Catalina 445, Hull #90