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It is nippy now in Jersey City (17F) and is supposed to be colder tonight and tomorrow. The Espar is keeping up with it - it is comfortable inside, but is getting close to its limits. May put a small electric heater on tonight as well. I also have opened various hatches and the engine compartment to keep everything warm.

How is everyone else doing in colder climates? And no, we do not need smartass comments from people living onboard in San Diego or southern Florida. :(
 

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Cold!

Brrrr! Any ideas for heat on a small 22' boat? I am currently using a kerosene lantern with a pot on top, vented through aluminum flexible ducting out the companionway hatch. It doesn't provide much heat, though. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe one of those mantle kerosene lanterns.
 

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What electrical service do you have?

Brrrr! Any ideas for heat on a small 22' boat? I am currently using a kerosene lantern with a pot on top, vented through aluminum flexible ducting out the companionway hatch. It doesn't provide much heat, though. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe one of those mantle kerosene lanterns.
Most of the liveaboards here use oil-filled electric heating.
 

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We're using our much loved Webasto supplemented with an oil-filled electric radiator, 3 small ceramics, REI fleece long underwear, and a bottle of rum.
 

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I'm on the train at the moment, sipping a little adult beverage.

Believe it or not, I envy those of you who are living on board, even in the winter. Next winter I may keep our boat in the water so we can go for a winter sail or 5.

So if you are in the water in the NY/Long Island area and want some crew for a frostbite sail, please PM me. I'll bring a bottle of the good stuff, for after the sail.
 

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The Webasto is turned on when it is 32deg or lower. It is running on low speed with the reverse cycle heat pump keeping things stable. Figure I'll kick the Webasto into high gear the for the next few nights as we fall into the teens and maybe single digits.
A Wool blanket is a great addition, one wool blanket is equal to three micro fiber things (two if they are from REI).

Hot Coco: get a Dove dark choc bar and milk... put it in a pot and heat it up, stir constantly, pour into thermal mug and enjoy. Better than all the powered stuff. I you like your hot coco sweet, replace dove bar with a milkyway.
Keep Warm :)
 

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The Webasto is turned on when it is 32deg or lower. It is running on low speed with the reverse cycle heat pump keeping things stable. Figure I'll kick the Webasto into high gear the for the next few nights as we fall into the teens and maybe single digits.
:)
Cy, how are you still running your reverse cycle? Most of those things don't work efficiently if the water is below about 40 degrees F, and have a mfg shutoff at 37. (Think about it - if they remove about 5 degrees of heat from the exhaust water, and the water temp is 36, you're makin' ice cubes...)

The seller from our boat put it this way: "Which would you rather put wear-and-tear on, a $1000 CruisAir; or a $40 oil-filled electric heater from Home Depot?
 

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Liveaboard in DC

I'm now in San Diego---81F here yesterday, low of 50F, sailing twice a week in my liveaboard Jeanneau 36i. BUT . . . I lived aboard the same boat in DC last winter and it was challenging to say the least. Since I knew I was headed for SD, I opted not to buy heat/air. I didn't want to leave any 110V device on while away at work, so sometimes it was 40F below at the end of the day. I didn't have much luck with the oil filled heater, so I used a 110V Black and Decker garage heater. 40F at 5pm, but the little heater had it up to 60F by bedtime. That, a 110V electric matress warmer, and sweats kept me alive and fairly happy on my new boat.
No worries now . . . SD is the best . . . year round sailing, year round golf, and the natives are very friendly!
 

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If you're on a mooring or at anchor, a possible good choice is an Aladdin pressurized kerosene lamp. They put out a fair amount of heat and light. However, as a fossil fuel burning unvented lamp, you do need to watch out for Carbon Monoxide build up and have some ventilation for the cabin.
Brrrr! Any ideas for heat on a small 22' boat? I am currently using a kerosene lantern with a pot on top, vented through aluminum flexible ducting out the companionway hatch. It doesn't provide much heat, though. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe one of those mantle kerosene lanterns.
 

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Getting chilly here in New Bern. I bought a larger ceramic heater, closed off the vee berth, and use my hatch boards instead of my handy companionway cover. Only thing that really bothers me is my fingers (been frostbitten and get cold easily). Goes below 25 an I'll probably plug in the little heater too.
 

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Raynaud's phenomenon sucks, so be careful John. :)
Getting chilly here in New Bern. I bought a larger ceramic heater, closed off the vee berth, and use my hatch boards instead of my handy companionway cover. Only thing that really bothers me is my fingers (been frostbitten and get cold easily). Goes below 25 an I'll probably plug in the little heater too.
 

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I use a combination of heaters. I have an oil filled electric that I keep on very low throughout the day. After work I turn it up as well as a little ceramic heater (instant heat). The best thing is the electric mattress warmer to take the edge off the cold bed. I'm hanging in there but still looking forward to summer.

I think the best way to keep warm would be a correction in latitude but I'm not quite there yet!
 

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Eryka,
I'm still showing 42deg water temps just across Back Creek from you. When water temps drop to 38deg i'll shut the reverse pump off rather than make ice cubes. So far it is working very well but i wouldn't want to depend on it alone when outside temps drop below 32deg.
Given the falling temps tonight, it looks like i'll be turning the reverse pump off before bed time.
We are also having voltage problems with shore power. Dropping below 100V/AC at times. My reverse pump shuts off when that happens, but two of my neighbors have blow several elec/oil heaters in the last week.
Are you seeing voltage drops on you side? This may be an eastport thing.
 

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Our reverse heater was so far keeping up here in VA, but today has started to lose ground. Cant get the temp above 65 so we will be adding the electric heater also tonight. I give it up to all you liveaboards in the north.
 

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Eryka,
I'm still showing 42deg water temps just across Back Creek from you. When water temps drop to 38deg i'll shut the reverse pump off rather than make ice cubes. So far it is working very well but i wouldn't want to depend on it alone when outside temps drop below 32deg.
Given the falling temps tonight, it looks like i'll be turning the reverse pump off before bed time.
We are also having voltage problems with shore power. Dropping below 100V/AC at times. My reverse pump shuts off when that happens, but two of my neighbors have blow several elec/oil heaters in the last week.
Are you seeing voltage drops on you side? This may be an eastport thing.
Cy, they're in the process of rebuilding our dock, so we're not in our regular slip. The temporary slip we're in is in a quiet backwater (read, "iced-over"). Haven't noticed any electricity problems here, but we did at the old dock. So rather than an Eastport "thing" could it be dock-specific? The other thing we've noticed since we moved is that our sacrificial zincs are lasting a lot longer ... our old dock was electrically hot!

We pay a flat rate for power, so that may temper our decision, but we'd still rather put wear-and-tear on cheap electric heaters than on our reverse-cycle, which we shut off in November. They can't keep up with the recent cold snap though, we've been running the Webasto 24/7.
 

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I just made a great discovery about fueling these lanterns:

KEROSENE FUEL PRIMER

I know it is an off-label use of the product, but kerosene smells!
heh Im here in New Jersey, and wasnt able to come up with the money for a proper heat source and will not pay the high costs for an electric heater. My last boat was a 27 Watkins, and I had a Dickinson NewPort propaine unit..and I was always cold, it just didnt put out enough heat for me. So this year on my Morgan 34 Im useing a 10kw kerosene heater and just leave 1 to 3 portholes open, a carbon monoxide sensor for safety, and a fan on my floor blowing upward to help circulate the heat. Yeah I agree there is a smell, but Ive been averging $15-20 dolars in kero a week and my last electric bill from 11/15 to 01/02 was $51 dollars and I am really warm aboard this year. I wish it was vented, but with the recession they are cutting back at my office so we learn to make do.
 

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When it gets 15 below zero or so ...The cabin temp stays around forty or so !
just layer on the clothes ....and stay away from cotton ,,its just fine !
 
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