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Space is at a premium on any boat, and winter clothes are bulky. Consider buying some pillow covers, but filling them with sweaters and jackets.
How Dry I Am...
Speaking of dreams, most cruisers and liveaboards have been woken
from their sweet winter slumber when a cold drop of water from an over-bed hatch plopped onto their faces or, my personal favorite, in their ear.
Laws of physics dictate that as the cold outside meets the heat inside, moisture will condense and droplets will form on any cold surface they can find inside the boat. A dehumidifier keeps your sheets from feeling soggy and your windows from being permanently steamed. We have one that is small and relatively quiet and sucks moisture out of the air with gusto. We empty its catch drawer at least twice a day.
Do your homework, ask your neighbors and read reviews to find the best one in your budget. It’s a worthwhile expense and a small price to pay for a dry boat.
What’s Cooking?
I love to make soups and stews and pies and chilis in the winter. But cooking with the boat closed up creates excessive steam and moisture, even with the most powerful dehumidifier.
I recommend a crockpot and, if you can, a microwave. These two items
along with a little time management will allow you to create hearty winter meals in a dry space. There are abundant crockpot recipes online and, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy and fun to improvise. Enticing aromas permeate the boat as the meal cooks and – bonus – the crockpot becomes an additional heat source in the galley.
For things that have to be cooked stovetop, plan to do so early enough, or even the day before, to allow the steam to escape out a hatch or be pulled out of the air by the dehumidifier long before you go to bed (see drips on face again). When you need them, these items can be re-heated in the microwave or warmed quickly on the stove, keeping hatches and windows drip free.
Pillow Talk
Bulky winter clothes take up precious space in the winter. Piles of sweaters and fleece can overwhelm the boat and give the impression that the walls are closing in. Here is an idea offered by a clever Norwegian boating buddy that has helped me.
Get yourself some decorative pillows with zippers. (Or pillow
With a Bristol Channel Cutter
Bristol Channel Cutter was designed by the late Lyle Hess.
The vessel is attractive to blue water sailors because of her seaworthiness and outstanding performance.
Cape George Marine Works builds the Bristol Channel Cutter and the Falmouth Cutter, along with their other range of vessels. In January 2011, Cape George rolled out their first completed hull using the original Sam L. Morse BCC mold.
Cape GeorGe Marine Works, inC.
1924 Cape George Rd. Port Townsend, WA 98368
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