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Re: Converting a overnighter to a live aboard.
Some live aboards that need only one or two pairs of clean, pressed, non-boat smelling clothes, for occasional use, keep them in their car.
Some declare the portable camp stoves that use the 1lb propane bottles to be evil on a boat. Propane is heavier than air and any leak will collect in your bilge. Used bottles can leak, although, I've infrequently found that to be the case. Nevertheless, I would not leaving one down below permanently. Your marina may prohibit it too, as well as your insurance company.
The BBQs on the rail are great, but again, every marina I know prohibits their use at the dock. Some marinas have shoreside BBQ grills for use by slipholders.
Your fan/filter idea is better than nothing, but it's still going to get above outside temps, when down below.
You're still going to want a water tank, even at the slip. Even if your boat has a city water connection, which allows you to charge the water supply with a permanent connection to the dock water hose, you have a risk of filling the boat with water, if anything internal splits open. Split fresh water hoses and connections must be the most common sources of leaks on boats. At the very least, you would want to shut off the dock water when you leave. Most forget.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Last edited by Minnewaska; 09-01-2017 at 08:36 AM.