Monday, November 10, 2014

Assorted photos from recent cruises

I haven't documented all of our recent cruises on the blog. If you would like to see tracks of where we have been, click here. If you want to check out our most recent trip, or see if we are out sailing, click here.

In the meantime, here are some assorted photos of our recent trips.

Leadenham Creek
Leadenham Creek
Dawn
McKeil Point Cove
Dawn and Ray
Ray at the helm on a wild ride home
Dunn Cove
Dunn Cove
Dunn Cove
Local waterman working his trot line within 2 boat lengths of us. He started very early in the morning playing loud country music.

 

 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Low-tech Boat Heater

As we continue to cruise through the fall we are finding that the boat is getting pretty chilly at night. We have anchored out when the outdoor temperatures are in the mid-50's at night and the interior of the boat will be in the upper 50's by morning. That is about as cold is we are willing to tolerate.

I heard about a low-tech heater that uses tea candles and terra cotta pots. We decided to give it a try.

 

First, we put four tea lights into a loaf pan.

Next we inverted a terra cotta pot over the lit tea lights. We had plugged the hole at the bottom of the pot with foil.

Then we put a larger pot on top. We waited for it to get warm. It began to heat the interior of the boat within an hour. The outside pot got nice and warm and was great for warming our hands. The heater increased the temperature of the boat about 4 or 5 degrees and it was really quite comfortable. The candles lasted about 5 1/2 hours.

We did not keep them lit when we went to bed, but we did light some new candles again the next morning. Once again it helped to take some of the chill off. We are not quite ready to stop cruising for the season so this might help stretch it out a bit.