Any Winter or Cold Climate Houseboat Living Tips?
by Ian Macpherson
What tips for winter houseboat living?
The idea of living on a houseboat during the winter intrigues me. What modifications are involved for winter and do you know anyone living on a houseboat in cold climates?
I've heard a "plastic wrap" helps. Would any of the high end houseboat manufacturers make a boat for winter climates?
Thanks from Toronto.
Reply - Answer
If the thought of living on a houseboat during the winter intrigues you, you are not alone. You will find people from all over the world doing it in different types of boats, and yes, even houseboats.
When you say winter or colder climates, I presume you mean that the water will or can freeze, and that there will be some snow and wind.
Some of the things to consider:
1) A water bubbler system to agitate the water around the houseboat to keep it from freezing.
2) A method to keep the houseboat heated (electric-propane-diesel) and condensation under control (dehumidifier).
3) Winterization of the outboard or outdrive system in order to reduce the risk of freeze damage
4) A method to keep the wind and snow from building up on the houseboat. EX: a clear plastic shrink wrap system, or portable garage tempo, around entrances and exterior walls to reduce heat loss.
5) A method to get potable drinking water and a way to pump out the septic tank.
6) A reliable generator for the occasional power loss to prevent freeze damage.
7) This tip is a BIG ONE, a spouse or partner that understands and accepts some of the small or large inconveniences involved in winter houseboat living.
There's other things that need to be done, but I'm sure you get the idea, it's feasible, do-able, and enjoyable, however it's not the "norm".
In closing, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their winter or cold climate houseboat experiences.
IAN - from www.all-about-houseboats.com