Okay..."old" post, but it does contain some awesome information. Those of you who know us personally know that we have actually been living aboard our boat for about 3 years prior to finalizing our plans for this big adventure. Living aboard year round. In winter. In Canada. Here's how we did it for those who are curious...
How do you stay warm?
This is the number one question I get when I tell someone I live on a boat. They ask this before asking 'do you like it' or 'where are you docked' or 'what kind of boat is it?'. This might even be YOUR first thought. It wasn’t mine though. I don’t think I asked myself even one time, “how will we stay warm in the winter?”(although I had bigger issues to worry about, like say, learning to sail). Anyway the answer to your question is: in a lot of different ways. Just like how your house stays warm because you’ve taken several different steps to make sure it will during the winter. Only, you probably had to do those steps only once. Oh, and then hit a button labeled “heat” in the fall. You know, the one with the tiny illustration of a flame on it. Our ‘keep warm steps’ are a season to season thing.
In the late fall we start our warm-proofing by shrink wrapping! That is, we literally shrink wrap the boat in plastic! While it’s in the water! Lots of exclamation marks!
The plastic is wrapped and roped around the boat which now has a wooden frame we’ve constructed (so we can keep some headroom when it’s wrapped). The shrink wrap acts as a wind barrier and helps keep the heat inside the boat as opposed to losing it all through our hatches and portholes. This entire process was foreign to me until last year. And even now, since I was not around for any step of the shrink wrapping last year (other than completion), it is still a mystery to me. Until today that is!
For reasons outside of our control Josh had no choice but to shrinkwrap the boat himself (last year he paid through the nose to have it done by a professional and save us the hassle of learning yet another new winter-sailboat-only activity). Today was a morning full of expletives from Josh (thanks wind!) and an afternoon of “bitch”s by me, directed toward the boat. I think I lost complete feeling in my right pinky at one point from the cold. I watched Josh use a 136, 000 BTU (that means mother f’ing hot) gun on plastic wrap to ‘shrink it’. At the end of the day she is shrink wrapped! Am I warmer yet?….see next post.
Oh, and I posted pictures for you to see the steps of the shrink wrap…if you’re curious.