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Old 12-14-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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Any recommendations on supplies for a cold voyage?

Hi everyone, I am heading up to Point Roberts with my 16-year old son and my boat broker to bring our new (to us) 44 Swift Trawler down to Seattle, where it will then be trucked down to the Bay Area (thanks for the advice many of you gave me to not bring it down the coast now).

It's gonna be C-O-L-D, as in around 30 degrees. I am packing lots of layers, rain pants and jacket, and a sleeping bag. The boat is pretty bare right now, so no supplies.

We'll probably make half the trip on Sat., then sleep on the boat at an anchorage, then finish up on Sunday. The boat has heat, but I believe it is reliant on the generator when not on shore power. We'll obviously run the generator for the heat, but I assume so it doesn't run all night, we'll have the heat pretty low.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should bring with me, or buy there? Or any other general recommendations on making this trip in such cold weather (other than a bottle of whiskey).

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Old 12-14-2016, 03:07 PM   #2
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Mr. M. I'd hold off on the whiskey until you get home but pack some energy bars. Do NOT rely on snacks for two days. You will need some real food to keep the strength up. Best would be something hot and filling (stew, soup as suggested, maybe some TV dinners in the Hungry Man variety, porridge or oatmeal for breakfast and maybe a trip to the deli for a bunch of sandwiches).
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Mr. M. I'd hold off on the whiskey until you get home but pack some energy bars. Do NOT rely on snacks for two days. You will need some real food to keep the strength up. Best would be something hot and filling (stew, soup as suggested, maybe some TV dinners in the Hungry Man variety, porridge or oatmeal for breakfast and maybe a trip to the deli for a bunch of sandwiches).

That is excellent advice. Hot food helps tremendously.
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Another thought... this is a Northwest boat so should be setup pretty well for cold weather. Imagine how you would dress if you going to a mountain cabin in the winter with poor heat. What will make you comfortable with inside temps of 60F. Over the years We have found that a couple of fleece blankets will make a cold boat a lot more comfortable. Easy to pack.
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Don't worry about running the genset for heat 24/7. The genset will like the load with low outside air temps.

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Old 12-14-2016, 03:30 PM   #8
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:47 PM   #9
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A pair of one piece insulated coveralls if you have them. Take lots of warm clothing. You can always take stuff off if your warm but if you don't have it and your cold it will be miserable. Have fun!
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For God sake man bring an espresso machine and proper glass mugs. No need to be primitive.
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It starts to warm up by Sunday, why not delay your trip a day? What kind of heat is on the boat now? Why anchor, just go to Anacortes and tie up at the Cap Sante dock. Easy trip on your boat
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Mustang suits and PLBs along with PFDs and all the required safety equipment. Survival in cold water without a Mustang suit or similar is very short. At this time of year there will probably not be a lot of other boaters around to help in an emergency so you need to be self sufficient. Backup VHF or at least a handheld.
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:25 PM   #13
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A books about caribbean islands would be nice too, just to see that there is something else than winter out there. I often look at some islands these days when it is snowing and it helps a lot joke aside a good stock of tea, herbals ,coffe, hot chocolate and soup will help as well as ability to cook comforting rich food depending on your taste. Moreover cooking will reheat the boat too!
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And don't forget some nice big thermoses to put all that hot food and drink in!!

Good, waterproof gear. Not just jacket and bibs but boots and GLOVES. think about handling cold, wet line when looking at gloves.

And a camera for Petes sake!! Have a good adventure! ! Congrats on the new boat! !
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I've been out in the San Juans for the last week and a half, and will be out for several more weeks.

It is cold right now..33* outside. My furnace will keep the interior in the 80s (maybe hotter) in these temps. Two electric heaters on 30 amp shore power only heat the boat about ~25* above ambient. So even with electric heat, you guys may be a bit chilly.

Decks and docks get icy overnight. Be super careful when working on deck.

Wet lines freeze solid at night. Gloves make working with them in the morning tolerable.

The biggest challenge you'll likely have is finding potable water. All the marinas I've talked to this week have it shut off until the temps warm back up.

It IS beautiful out here, and there's hardly anyone around. I'll be somewhere in the San Juans this weekend. If you see a Nordic Tug 37 named Safe Harbor, say hi.
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Pretty much everything has been covered but I'll add a second to the suggestion to bring a camera. This will be your ONLY maiden voyage on your new boat so you want to have lots of pics to share with friends.


What a great experience for your 16 year old son and what a great way for both of you to learn about the boat and all its systems.


Fair winds and calm seas!
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Not knowing what boat prep has been done - may I suggest fresh fuel filters both primary and on engine for mains and genset. Also clean out sea strainers. How long has the boat been sitting? if over a year since last change out, water pump impellers too.
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Lots of instant hot coco and a safe way to get hot water and safe drinking cups that wont splash or spill easily.
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Old 12-14-2016, 06:45 PM   #19
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All great advice, but just start the generator, turn on the heat, and make the boat comfortable. That's why you bought a trawler after all, right? There is just no need to suffer. Layered clothing is for sail boaters.
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Port Townsend is nice, lots of restaurants too.

Figure out how you will get your son, or how he will get you, out of the water if one of you falls in. Man overboard drill is very important this time of year.
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