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All my initial thoughts have been mentioned already, so Iíll state the more obvious. The latter half of your trip, in that time frame, will be extremely cold. Unless the boat has a serious diesel heater, sleeping at night will be a challenge. I begin sleeping aboard, at a slip, on April 1. Even with a heat pump and space heater, itís camping cold at night. Iíve yet to try the idea of an electric blanket, but of course, that requires shore power too. Some say an inverter could work overnight.

Anyway, our first shakedown off the dock is always approx May 1 and those evenings are always a challenge, met entirely by the enthusiasm of a new season. Doing that for days or weeks on end would be tough.


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All my initial thoughts have been mentioned already, so I’ll state the more obvious. The latter half of your trip, in that time frame, will be extremely cold. Unless the boat has a serious diesel heater, sleeping at night will be a challenge. I begin sleeping aboard, at a slip, on April 1. Even with a heat pump and space heater, it’s camping cold at night. I’ve yet to try the idea of an electric blanket, but of course, that requires shore power too. Some say an inverter could work overnight.

Anyway, our first shakedown off the dock is always approx May 1 and those evenings are always a challenge, met entirely by the enthusiasm of a new season. Doing that for days or weeks on end would be tough.
I installed an Espar Airtronic 4 which has a 3000 watt output. We have 3 outlets which can direct air or can be closed. One in aft cabin, one in salon and one in head. I close the salon for sleeping and the head is reduced small flow.
In fall and Spring temps aft cabin is warm as home, salon is a cool, head a bit warmer... but the seat gets warmed. :-)

I don't sleep in winter but do work projects. Then I leave only the salon open and it takes more than an hr to warm the cabin from bitter cold to acceptably cool to work wearing a sweater... and it gets warmer over time.

The air volume of the aft cabin in small and it's very well insulated.

When I sail in cool spring or fall weather I often run the heater to warm the cabin.

This has worked out very well an extended the use dates from March/April - October/November.

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March and Early April- season of noríeasters moving up the coast

Doubtful the discussion off adding internal diesel heat is possible or even practical even though a few have that already on their boats. Plus the expense.

We have a portable propane heater which is very safe we use to elongate our sailing season. You can hook to 1 lb bombs but easily connected with an adapter to our 20 Lb propane tanks. Keeps our 35 ft toasty. We do vent it as a precaution.

We have also put our full enclosure up and used it in the cockpit.

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I've done that trip at that time of year without heat.
Wouldn't do it again.

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Have an Espar heater on board that I have not used in years since I converted to electric propulsion. I no longer carry diesel on board so it has sat idle. Did find it useful when making late March/early April trips to New York when I was working there. Now have a Honda 2000 gas generator for battery charging at anchor but, it could also power a ceramic heater under 1600 watts in the cabin. I also find that the fan that blows across the engine provides plenty of heat to warm the hands of the helmsman and drys/heats gloves and other clothing.

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Good stuff about the heaters. We are a crew of Lake Huron and Lake Superior sailors having delivered boats in snow storms and dodging ice flows. Any info on the ditch would be great, dismal swamp route? Also any other navigational or anchoring advice would be helpful. Owner wants to leave mast on deck for transit up the ditch, will we clear most bridges at 10'? Looking to leave boat in lower Chesapeake/Norfolk area for a few months. Favorite marinas? Haul out advice, etc..
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Good stuff about the heaters. We are a crew of Lake Huron and Lake Superior sailors having delivered boats in snow storms and dodging ice flows. Any info on the ditch would be great, dismal swamp route? Also any other navigational or anchoring advice would be helpful. Owner wants to leave mast on deck for transit up the ditch, will we clear most bridges at 10'? Looking to leave boat in lower Chesapeake/Norfolk area for a few months. Favorite marinas? Haul out advice, etc..
We’ve been cruising full-time for 18 months and have done the ICW (with occasional outside hops) 3 times now.

My top suggestion is to get the AquaMap app and pay $10 (or is it $20?) for the master version. This will allow you to overlay the Army Corps of Engineers depth surveys on top of the route which is immeasurably helpful for the areas with skinny depths and shoaling. We had it for the first time on our trip this past fall and it removed all of the stress from those problem areas.

At 10’ bridge clearance you won’t have any problem scooting under virtually all of the bridges.

If you anchor in Calabash Creek in SC (just before the NC border), take the dinghy around the bend in the creek and buy fresh-off-the-boat shrimp for $7/pound.

Try to stay warm and enjoy!

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Weíve been cruising full-time for 18 months and have done the ICW (with occasional outside hops) 3 times now.

My top suggestion is to get the AquaMap app and pay $10 (or is it $20?) for the master version. This will allow you to overlay the Army Corps of Engineers depth surveys on top of the route which is immeasurably helpful for the areas with skinny depths and shoaling. We had it for the first time on our trip this past fall and it removed all of the stress from those problem areas.

At 10í bridge clearance you wonít have any problem scooting under virtually all of the bridges.

If you anchor in Calabash Creek in SC (just before the NC border), take the dinghy around the bend in the creek and buy fresh-off-the-boat shrimp for $7/pound.

Try to stay warm and enjoy!
Another AquaMap fan here! I strongly recommend the master version (only 10$). It's an invaluable tool.
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