Staying Warm in Winter

Teresa Carey Video 7 Comments

Here is a video response to a question posted in the comments by a blog reader. It was fun to make. Send some more questions, and I try to post a video response!

Comments 7

  1. Melissa

    What a timely post. My husband was just talking about what we could put on the floor of our boat, Moonrise, to make it a little more comfortable. We had tried carpeting, but after the floor was flooded with 40 gallons of water (from someone, who will remain nameless, leaving the faucet open in the head as we were filling the tank…) and we had to carry disgusting soggy carpeting out of the boat, we decided to forgo that option. This might be just the ticket. Plus, we already have some we can experiment with!! Woo hoo! If you want to see Moonrise, a Cal 34, give us a visit at Love your blog! We’ll be living vicariously through you for awhile. Hope you have room on your coat tails!

  2. Henry Young

    Teresa, Think you should repost or write a story on the Titanic for PowerShips, the magazine of the Steamship Society of America, which has 4,654 members, good exposure. Check out their web site for this coming May’s Membership Meeting in Baltimore aboard the NS Savannah.

  3. Deb

    Teresa –

    Just wanted to say thanks for the flooring idea. I went to Lowe’s and bought a couple packs of the tiles – ours were a little bigger, 2X2 each which made it a little harder to cut out for the table, etc, but less seams. It’s already made about a 6­ degree difference in here. We really hate carpet in boats so I was happy to have this idea. The really nice thing is that come warmer weather they’ll be easy to store under the v-berth mattress.

    Thanks again!
    S/V Kintala

  4. John D

    Hi Theresa & Ben
    Love your site. I live on a boat too in the UK. I was really interested in the condensation problems you have in winter. On of the biggest contributors to this is using a gas burner for heat. Do a bit of reading up on it. Burning gas gives of gallons of moisture compared to other forms of fuel (wood and electric are drier by miles) Ventilation is the main cure if you can’t change fuels. Sounds stupid, as though you’re heating your back yard, but letting some heat and a lot of moisture escape actually warms the boat up (heating up drier air can get you higher temps for the same fuel used). I use a Refleks diesel burner on my boat. It’s economical if you have income, costly when you don’t. I had a woodburner, but the diesel ticks along 24hrs a day no problem in the coldest part of winter. I have an Ecofan which I put on top of the heater (it’s powered by a peltier cell) & that circulates the warm air. Also, don’t underestimate the danger of mould or mildew growing in the damp. You can get some severe (ie deadly) infections in your lungs if that stuff takes hold. I’ve lived aboard for about 10 years now, only living ashore when I have to move away to get work. Hoping to cobble a bit of money together to be able to do some sailing one of these days. I love living aboard, totally different community of friends, always willing to help out (well, after the pointing and laughing are done first ;-)) but I tend not to put too much of a positive spin on it as this is England after all and if it gets popular they’ll hike the prices and pile on the tax. Besides, whoever heard of an Englishman that was positive? So I don’t wan’t to end up being a lonely freak! Sorry I don’t have a website, I usually don’t want to see a computer unless I really have to. I’ll be back, bye!

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