Oh boy, was it cold in the boat this morning!
At 7am, Hubby said the temperature had dropped to 6º and put the heating on, telling me to stay in bed until things warmed up.
I didn’t argue, and neither did Maggie, who snuggled closer behind my knees and into her own blanket.
Yesterday, we’d had torrential rain during the night which continued through most of the day. When the thunder and lightning struck, we were in the car in town, and Maggie didn’t flinch as much as she would normally which was a blessing.
It was only a short storm, and by the time we got back to the marina, at least the rain had stopped and it was a dry evening.
Hubby has looked at the week’s forecast, and it would appear we are in for some nice weather until Wednesday when it will start to go downhill and into colder times.
Last year, we got caught out and woke up one day not only to the cold but to windows, frames, doors and our houdini hatch ‘dripping’ with condensation that had turned to ice!
Because the shop which normally stocks it does not have any yet, we have gone through our cupboards today and found sufficient clingfilm double glazing to do at least 2 of our windows, perhaps 4.
This afternoon, Hubby has put wooden bars across those in our lounge so that the opening top will be accessible. We discovered last year that by sealing them completely, on sunny days the boat was stifling and we couldn’t air it properly. Any accumulated heat was lost by opening the bow and helm doors for air circulation. We are hoping this modification will address that problem and thus contain most of the heat inside the boat.
Looking on the internet, we have found an alternative source and will be shopping accordingly tomorrow.
With the new wooden porthole frames, we should not have a condensation problem there to warrant sealing over all four portholes with picture frames as we have these past two winters. Again, on warm sunnier days we will be able to open those windows too for airing.
Our cake boards are doing a marvellous job as ‘night bungs’ and we are hoping that they will be sufficient to keep the overnight condensation at bay (the metal frame housing the glass is designed with drainage holes).
Winter is coming, and we are getting the boat prepared.
Hubby has already done his maintenance oil changes, one of our oil filled radiators is out of the cupboard in readiness with the other easily accessible and we have a full tank of fuel.