“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Isn’t It Cold?


This is the first question we always get asked when people find out we live on our boat in Boston Harbor.  So I thought I would give some specifics on the subject. Today we are in the middle of a cold snap.  It’s been in the teens the last couple of morning and hasn’t gotten over 30 degrees fahrenheit.  We are in wind chill warnings, its predicted to be -2 with the wind chill. weather graph 01072015   We are even starting to get some nice ice build ups in the marina. IMG_2788 IMG_2793 IMG_2794 IMG_2795   Today I even got texts from friends and family asking us if we wanted to stay with them.  Nice offers but it really isn’t bad on the boat. We left for work before 7 am and only left our radiant heater on medium.  I came back to the about at about 1 pm.  Here is what it was like. IMG_2791 The outdoor temp on the display is actually under our clear shrink wrap.  So that 45 is the result of some good greenhouse effect from the clear shrink wrap.  It was actually about 22 and less than 10 with the windchill. IMG_2792 Like most people we try to reduce our energy use and only have the boat at a minimum temperature when we aren’t on board.  I turn the heaters on high and within 30 minutes it was nice and comfy. IMG_2796 If we leave both heaters on high it will get into the 80s. There are some different things that we hadn’t thought about.  Like last night we were woken up by something banging into the hull.  After thinking about it we realized it was ice.  The ice forms on the inside of the marina, near land.  When the tide goes out, some of the ice goes with it and some of it was hitting against our hull.

One quick update.  I left the heaters on high for as long as I could stand it.  In about 3 hours it was over 80 degrees.  It was too warm for me to be comfortable and I had to end the experiment.


6 thoughts on “Isn’t It Cold?

  1. ouch!
    That heat shrink is doing a great job. And the results of your setup is proving fruitful. Good job, man. That’s nasty out there! I’m getting my Bostonian flashbacks!!

  2. Not so bad, you say…but not so good either! BRRRRRR!!! You two are brave, salty souls! Hang in there!! Jessie

  3. Reblogged this on "Western Flyer" and commented:
    Why we love where we live – the weather! Thought you’d enjoy reading about a liveaboard in Boston.

  4. Sounds like you’re doing pretty well. But I’m cheap and keep the temp at 63 in our house…I wish we could heat it up to 80 quickly (and cheaply), it would be 80 all the time! Just one more winter….

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